The Expedition 67 crew proceeded to explore the way humans and plants adapt in microgravity while assessing robotic free-flyers recently. The orbital residents are also preparing for another spacewalk at the International Space Station to proceed with outfitting a new robotic arm.
NASA Flight Engineers -Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines collaborated during the morning to research how living in space influences dexterous manipulation. The team took turns during an hour-long session while performing gripping and motion tasks while resting in a customized chair within the Columbus laboratory module. Observations may assist scientists with a deeper understanding of the human nervous system and encourage engineers to design intelligent spacecraft interfaces.
Later, Watkins checked on mizuna greens and radishes thriving for the XROOTS space botany study, demonstrating soilless agricultural methods, like hydroponic and aeroponic methods. Hines later turned on a pair of toaster-size Astrobee robotic free-flyers and stared while they navigated autonomously through smartphone technology inside the Kibo laboratory module.
NASA Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren started the Cell Biology Experiment Facility and serviced components inside the biology research device fitted with an artificial gravity generating incubator. Lindgren then documented the amount of food kept aboard the orbiting lab as a part of a regularly planned audit.
The next spacewalk is anticipated to take place on July 21st, starting at 10 a.m. EDT with Commander Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA. The pair spent their Wednesday morning exploring their spacewalk tasks, maneuvers, and safety methods. Five-time spacewalker Artemyev will oversee Cristoforetti on her first spacewalk to resume configuring the European robotic arm for operations during the planned seven-hour journey.