Manned transport spacecraft TMA-03M ‘docked to the ISS


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December 23 at 19.19 MSK manned transport spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-03M ‘docked to the research unit" Dawn "(MRM-1) of the International Space Station.

During 30/31osnovnoy expedition conducted and will continue after the arrival of the WPK "Soyuz TMA-0ZM" experiments in various fields such as space biotechnology, life sciences, remote sensing of the Earth, solar system exploration, space materials science, geophysics and exploration of near space and the formation and development of technology. Much of the research will focus on the collection of information on the effects of long-duration space flight on the human body, which will help to learn more about the complex processes such as the immune system, and use it for planning future long-term missions. Flight program includes measures to resupply the station delivered the equipment and the maintenance of health ISS.

At the end of January 2012 the crew MKS-30/31 to adopt and automatic unload cargo spacecraft "Progress M-14M" (starting on the plan on Jan. 26), which will restock the station and bring expendables.

For the period 30/31-y expedition planned spacewalk of the Russian segment of the ISS. Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov hold in the middle of February 2012 extravehicular activity in Russian spacesuits "Orlan-M". Kononenko has the experience of two spacewalks during the expedition ISS-17 duration of 12 hours and 15 minutes. For Shkaplerova this output will be the first. During the EVA, which should last for about six hours, Kononenko and Shkaplerov will perform a number of works, including the installation of five screens to protect the service module "Zvezda" from micrometeorites and small debris objects and dismantling the crane "Strela-1" with a docking module "Pirs" to be placed on small research module "Search".

For the record:

About the Small Research Module "Dawn" (MRM-1)


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About manned transport spacecraft new series "Soyuz TMA"


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