Biology, Agriculture Studies as Astronaut Begins Record-Breaking Spree – Space Station

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is scheduled to return to Earth on March 30 after 355 days in house.
Biology and agriculture have been the dominant analysis themes aboard the International Space Station on Thursday. Also, an Expedition 66 Flight Engineer is starting a set of record-breaking milestones earlier than returning to Earth on the finish March.
NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Kayla Barron began work Thursday morning contained in the Kibo laboratory module inspecting mice for the Rodent Research-18 examine. The house biology experiment observes how microgravity impacts the visible operate and modifications the retina. Barron transferred the mice backwards and forwards into the Life Science Glovebox and restocked their habitats with meals all through the day. NASA Flight Engineer Thomas Marshburn took over the mice investigation in the course of the afternoon.
Flight Engineer Matthias Maurer of ESA (European Space Agency) began his day with a listening to check for the Acoustics Diagnostics examine. The human analysis investigation seeks to know how sound ranges on the station have an effect on astronauts. Maurer then spent the afternoon establishing AstroPi pc {hardware} to advertise coding and engineering training on Earth.
NASA Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei photographed operations for the Plant Habitat-05 experiment that’s finding out cotton genetics. Space botany is a vital space of examine as NASA and its worldwide companions study to maintain wholesome crews on long-term missions to the Moon, Mars and past.
As of Thursday, Vande Hei has lived in house repeatedly for 273 days, surpassing NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan‘s file of 272 days which was set on April 17, 2020. He will go on to interrupt three extra NASA information earlier than the top of his mission on the finish of March.
Vande Hei, together with Roscosmos Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov, arrived on the station on April 9, 2021, and are staying on the station for 355 days. Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, who has been aboard the station since Oct. 5, 2021, will lead Vande Hei and Dubrov to a parachuted touchdown in Kazakhstan contained in the Soyuz MS-19 crew ship on March 30.

Learn extra about station actions by following the house station weblog, @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as properly as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.
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