The lack of gravity in space affects a wide range of physics and unlocks new phenomena that researchers are studying to improve people’s lives on and off Earth. Such research uses artificial intelligence to adapt complex glass manufacturing processes in microgravity, potentially benefiting numerous Earth and space-based industries. NASA Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren set up hardware for the Intelligent glass optics experiment for operations within the Microgravity Science Glove Box on Tuesday afternoon. Observations of research can advance professions such as communications, aerospace, medicine, and astronomy.
Lindgren also joined his fellow flight engineers Jessica Watkins from NASA and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) which NanoRacks Bishop airlock on Tuesday. The trio of astronauts spent all day reinstalling hardware and stowing cargo in Bishop after the weekend’s garbage removal and robotic maneuvers. Ground controllers were in command of the Canadarm2 robotic arm to release the airlock from the rest module to throw a waste container overboard on Saturday. The Canadarm2 then moved Bishop back to Tranquility, where it was reattached shortly afterwards.
Watkins started her day with NASA Flight Engineer Bob Hines for a study examining how weightlessness affects dexterous manipulation. The duo took turns sitting in a unique device in the Columbus laboratory module to help scientists understand how astronauts grab and manipulate objects in space† Insights can inform the design of intelligent spacecraft interfaces and provide a deeper understanding of the human nervous system.
The two flight engineers of Roscosmos, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov, collected microsamples from modules in the Russian segment of the station on Tuesday for analysis. Matveev also documented his meals and drinks for a study exploration space-induced bone loss† Station Commander Oleg Artemyev installed and tested a new 3D printer in the Nauka multifunctional laboratory module†
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