December 14, 2011
The International Space Station’s Expedition 30 crew – Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin – performed science experiments and maintenance Tuesday and prepared for the rendezvous and attachment of a commercial cargo craft on its demonstration flight targeted for February.
Burbank later participated in the Integrated Cardiovascular experiment, which measures the atrophy of the heart muscle that appears to develop during long-duration spaceflight. Investigators use the data from these tests to develop countermeasures to keep the crew healthy, which is crucial as NASA moves toward sending humans deeper into space than ever before. The research may also have benefits for people on Earth with heart problems.
Before taking a break for lunch, all three crew members teamed up for a training drill to sharpen their response to a medical emergency aboard the station. Working through the simulation, Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin refreshed their memories of the location and use of Crew Health Care System equipment. Afterward the crew tagged up with flight controllers to review the results and discuss any needed changes.