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Flight day 8 recap

10 Sep 2015, 11:29 UTC
Flight day 8 recap
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Flight day 8, Wednesday, was spent mostly working on Mares with help from Sergei Volkov. The large machine was installed and setup ready for use the next day on flight day 9. Andreas will be the first astronaut to take measurements with Mares in space with an astronaut, himself, in the machine. This timelapse video of ESA astronaut unpacking and testing Mares gives a good impression of the complexity and size of the machine:

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui has diligently been monitoring the Endothelial Cells experiment in ESA’s Kubik incubator-centrifuge since Andreas arrived on the Station – as iriss science team lead put it in the Mission Management Meeting: “like a swiss clock”. Inside are samples of human blood-vessel cells that were being kept at 37°C with some samples spinning to recreate Earth-gravity. On flight day 8 Kimiya commanded Kubik to stop spinning and lower the temperature to 6°C for storage and return to Earth.
Another photo-session for Thor saw Andreas on the lookout for ‘Transient Luminous Events’. These are rare weather events rarely captured on camera and scientists want to know more. Andreas took movies of phenomena with intriguing names such elves, halos, sprites, tendrils, pixies, gnomes, blue jets ...

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