Expedition 27 Continues World-Class Research
Catherine Coleman poses with Robonaut 2. Image Credit: NASA TV
Dmitry Kondratyev commands the Expedition 27 crew which will continue to support research into the effects of microgravity on the human body, biology, physics and materials. Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli docked to the Rassvet module Dec. 17 aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft.
Russian cosmonaut and Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev, NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan and Russian Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 4 (April 5 in Baikonur) aboard the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft. The trio will join the Expedition 27 crew as flight engineers after docking their Soyuz, dubbed "Gagarin," to the Poisk module on the space-facing side of the Russian segment of the station on April 6.
Robonaut 2, delivered during STS-133, will provide scientists and engineers an opportunity to observe a humanoid robot working alongside astronauts. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, to be delivered on STS-134, will search for dark matter, anti-matter and cosmic rays leading to a greater understanding of the Universe’s origin.