The crews of Soyuz TMA-08M had the first part of their final exams today. The prime crew of Pavel Vinogradov, Aleksandr Misurkin and Christopher Cassidy were in the ISS simulator and the backup crew of Oleg Kotov, Sergei Ryazansky and Michael Hopkins were in the Soyuz. Both crews received top marks. Soyuz TMA-08M launches for the ISS on March 28.
Roman Romanenko and his cool purple shirt on the ISS. In the first photo he’s working with the Electronic Nose hardware in the Zvezda service module, which is used to measure contamination in the event of a chemical leak or spill. And in the second, he’s working with a big mess of cables, otherwise known as the communications systems in the Zvezda service module.
The cosmonauts of ISS expedition 34, currently in space, working hard:
- Oleg Novitsky (top) maintaining the Treadmill Vibration Isolation System (TVIS).
- Yevgeny Tarelkin (left) wearing a vest for the Typologia experiment, which studies the crews’ psychophysical state and ability to perform and communicate under stress.
- Roman Romanenko (right) works with the Coulomb Crystal experiment, which gathers data about charged particles in a weightless environment.
Maksim Surayev, Gregory Wiseman (NASA) and Alexander Gerst (Germany) participated in winter survival training. This simulates what it would be like if the Soyuz landed in winter and the rescue team could not reach the crew for a couple of days. This crew will be part of ISS expeditions 40/41 starting in May 2014.