Ultrasonic Exploration and Space Psychology Kick Off ISS Week

The International Space Station is pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor during an orbiting lab flyby that took place after it undocked from the space-facing port of the Harmony module on November 8, 2021. Credit: NASA Johnson

The Expedition 66 crew kicked off the week today by exploring how life in space affects psychology and ways to manipulate objects with sound. Residents aboard the International Space Station also maintained American space suits and worked on a gravity-generating artificial incubator.

" data-gt-translate-attributes="[{" attribute="">Nasa On Monday, flight engineers Kayla Barron and Raja Chari took turns participating in a robotics test for the Behavioral Core Measures experiment. Monthly sessions explore how living in a confined space in microgravity affects crew stress, performance and behavior.

Barron then joined ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer and practiced measuring fluid pressure in the eye. She also photographed samples of cotton cells grown for the Plant Habitat-05 space farming study. Maurer and Chari teamed up on Monday afternoon to resize a pair of American spacesuits.

Astronaut Kayla Barron shows off food packets

NASA astronaut Kayla Barron shows off food packets and prepares for lunch aboard the space station’s Unity module. Credit: NASA

Maurer started his day on the study Ultrasonic Tweezers using acoustics to manipulate objects remotely and without physical contact. Vande Hei helped the German astronaut during the experiment which explores the use of ultrasound to trap and isolate objects to study samples and avoid contamination of planetary surfaces.

NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn worked throughout the day on Monday on science equipment to keep critical research operations running smoothly in zero gravity. The three-time station visitor installed and maintained components inside the Cell Biology Experiment Facility, an incubator with an artificial gravity generator. He eventually swapped drying agents, or desiccants, inside the science freezers that store the research samples.

Vande Hei joined Roscosmos flight engineer Pyotr Dubrov in the station’s Russian segment for more wireless equipment maintenance. Commander Anton Shkaplerov has set up equipment that will monitor the impact of natural and man-made events on Earth on the upper atmosphere.

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