Crew Works Science and Medical Training for Starliner Launch on Thursday

Starliner Launch, Boeing’s Starliner crew ship sits atop United Launch Alliance’s Atlas-V rocket, counting down its launch to the International Space Station on Thursday from Florida. Meanwhile, the Expedition 67 crew spent Wednesday focusing on medical training, exercise system maintenance, and advanced space science.

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On Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission, two NASA astronauts continued to prepare for the arrival of the uncrewed Starliner spaceship. Before the spacecraft’s automated docking to the Harmony module’s forward port at 7:10 p.m. EDT on Friday, Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Bob Hines reviewed Starliner systems, approach, and rendezvous protocols. The uncrewed spacecraft is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 6:54 p.m. on Thursday. The pair will be on duty on Friday to watch Starliner during its three-and-a-half-hour automatic approach maneuvers.

Lindgren began his day by maintaining the advanced resistive workout device, which simulates free weight activities in microgravity. Next, Hines took urine samples and stored them in a laboratory freezer for subsequent study to learn more about the long-term consequences of weightlessness on the human body.

On Wednesday morning, NASA’s Jessica Watkins and the European Space Agency’s Samantha Cristoforetti worked on a range of orbital plumbing jobs. Watkins also completed a blood pressure monitoring session and prepped the health data for transmission to Earth-based doctors. Cristoforetti practiced commanding the Canadarm2 robotic arm on a computer to improve her skills.

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For a medical emergency training exercise, the quartet joined Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov. The four astronauts and three cosmonauts rehearsed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, reviewed medical equipment, and discussed care coordination in the event of a space station emergency.

Artemyev, the orbiting lab’s commander, also experimented with ultrasound sensors for more precise Earth photography sessions. After that, the seasoned cosmonaut looked into how to strengthen international coordination between spacemen and mission controllers. Matveev accompanied Artemyev in the photographic testing and the crew coordination research. In the Zvezda service module, Korsakov inventoried and stored medical equipment and inspected and photographed windows.

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