ISS Operations Update – April 6, 2016

Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System (MARES) Exercise Session – [MARES uses an adjustable chair an restraint system, a pantograph (an articulated arm arm that properly positions the chair and user), a drive motor and associated electronics and software plus linear adapter that can translate motor rotation into a linear movement on a linear isolation frame. This system can be used to conduct reserch on a number physiological aspects of space flight such as muscular, biomechanical, neuromuscular changes to shed light on the effects of microgravity on the muscular system.]

Identification – Micro-Accelerometer Data Download [The Identification Payload records structural dynamics data inside the individual modules of the Russian Segment to provide structural data to improve spacecraft design.]

METEOR – Hardware Setup[The Meteor study, going by the full name of ‘Meteor Composition Determination,’ is the first of its kind to be deployed in space, solely focused on the analysis of meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere and pin-pointing their composition through their optical emissions when burning up in the atmosphere. Meteor research from Earth is next to impossible due to the frequency of meteor events over any given location and the interference created by Earth’s atmosphere (ozone absorption). On ISS, however, crews can spot meteors every couple of days, making it a suitable platform to test out equipment for the study of meteors.]

Emergency Procedures Drill

Dragon Cargo Pre-Pack