Biomedical research in space benefits astronauts and earthlings today – Space Station
international space station studies in wound healing and cardiology started the week for the Expedition 67 the crew after the departure last week of an American supply ship. A variety of other space research, spacesuit cleaning, and maintenance rounded out the day for the seven orbital residents.
Four astronauts spent most of Monday exploring surgical techniques to heal wounds in microgravity. The quartet, whose Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hinesand Jessica Watkinsall from NASA, with Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency), worked all day inside the Kibo laboratory module conduct research operations in Life Science Glove Box. Medical study can provide advanced skin healing therapies both in space and on Earth.
Lindgren then installed a AstroPi scientific computing in the Harmony module where Cristoforetti would adjust his camera lens allowing European students to take nighttime photos of the Earth below. Watkins recorded a video of AstroPi’s activities and uploaded it for viewing by participating students on Earth. Hines checked the fluids and plants growing for the Botanical study XROOTS which uses hydroponic and aeroponic techniques to promote space farming.
On Friday, the SpaceX Dragon supply ship completed its cargo mission after 34 days attached to the space station. He broke away from Harmony moduleat 11:05 a.m. EDT and parachuted into a splashdown off Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2:53 p.m. Saturday. Shortly after, support personnel recovered the commercial freighter, loaded with scientific cargo and station equipment , floating in the Atlantic.
Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev continued to stow spacewalk hardware today following last week’s spacewalk to outfit the European robotic arm for payload operations on the station’s Russian segment. The duo also researched cardiology aboard the station today, exploring how weightlessness affects blood circulation. Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergei Korsakov also participated in heart research before he and Artemyev studied how to fly spacecraft and maneuver robots on future planetary missions.