New Space Station Crew Set to Launch May 28

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ABOVE VIDEO: Public Affairs Office Amiko Kauderer interviews Lori L. Ploutz-Snyder, lead investigator of the long-running Sprint VO2 exercise experiment. That study investigates high-intensity, low duration exercise techniques on the space station using a resistance device, an exercise bike and a treadmill.

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The three-member Expedition 40 crew is wrapping up its work week with more life science and an investigation into particle impacts on the International Space Station’s external surface.

One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station recorded this view of the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Thin clouds over the Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center area do not obstruct the view of Launch Complex 39 (bottom center), from which 135 space shuttle missions lifted off between 1981 and 2011.  (NASA.gov image)

One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station recorded this view of the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Thin clouds over the Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center area do not obstruct the view of Launch Complex 39 (bottom center), from which 135 space shuttle missions lifted off between 1981 and 2011. (NASA.gov image)

Commander Steve Swanson and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are also gearing up to receive a new trio of flight engineers May 28.

Swanson participated in the Skin-B investigation Friday which observes the skin’s adaptation and regeneration in space and compares it to other human organs adapting to weightlessness.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is the lead investigator for the experiment that is studying the accelerated aging observed in a crew member’s skin while living in space.

The commander also took part in the long-running Sprint VO2 exercise experiment. That study investigates high-intensity, low duration exercise techniques using a resistance device, an exercise bike and a treadmill.

Instead of exercising six days a week, crew members are exploring a three day a week, more intense regimen. Scientists have seen cardiovascular benefits from the aerobic training while also trying to minimize muscle and bone loss.

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