Daniel R, Junior

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ATV-4 Ready for Today’s Undocking

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 The European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4) “Albert Einstein” is about to dock to the orbital outpost at 2:07 GMT, June 15, 2013, following a ten-day period of free-flight.

The Expedition 37 crew is getting Europe’s “Albert Einstein” Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4) ready for its undocking. The ATV-4 has been filled with trash and its hatches have been closed. European Space Agency mission controllers will deorbit the ATV-4 over the Pacific Ocean.

The ATV-4 delivered more than 7 tons of food, fuel and supplies on June 15. It’s undocking is scheduled for 4:59 p.m. MYT Monday. NASA Television will cover the event live beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins has completed the installation of a fan pump separator in a leaky U.S. spacesuit. He and Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg were troubleshooting the spacesuit responsible for a water leak that ended a July 16 spacewalk early.

Hopkins also continued working on human research determining how long term space missions affect a crew member’s body. He joined Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano for an eye exam using an ultrasound scanner. They also partnered up for cardiac scans and blood pressure measurements.

Nyberg completed work for Japan’s Biological Rhythms 48 study which observes how a crew member’s biological clock adapts to life in orbit. Later in the day, Karen worked on another Japanese experiment Resist Tubule which studies the adaptation of plants in microgravity.

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 Expedition 37 crew members pose for an in-flight crew portrait in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station.

Parmitano worked throughout Friday closing out the ATV-4 and finally joined Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov to close the vehicle’s hatches. Luca also worked on various maintenance and science tasks. He and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin also participated in a Soyuz departure conference with search and rescue team specialists.

Expedition 37 will end its stay Nov. 10 when Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano undock from the Rassvet module and land in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft. They arrived at the International Space Station May 29 just six hours after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Expedition 38 is getting ready for its launch to the station Nov. 6 aboard a Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft. Flight Engineers Mikhail Tyurin, Koichi Wakata and Rick Mastracchio spent their final day at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and will be at the Baikonur Cosmodrome for final launch preparations.

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