Station’s Newest Crew Members Continue Orientation

ISS Status Report

After a light-duty weekend, the International Space Station's newest flight engineers, Cady Coleman, Dmitry Kondratyev and Paolo Nespoli, each had time set aside to study the layout of their orbital home for the next five months and learn to move about in its large habitable space. The trio also conducted routine on-orbit hearing assessments. Coleman, Kondratyev and Nespoli arrived at the station Dec. 17 aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft.

In addition to their orientation activities, Coleman and Nespoli checked out the Health Maintenance System’s Crew Medical Restraint System and Respiratory Support Pack.

Commander Scott Kelly spent several hours installing the Capillary Channel Flow hardware into the Microgravity Science Glovebox as he connected cables and configured video systems. The results from this study of capillary flows in a weightless environment will lead to imp