The Expedition 19 crew took Friday off in observance of the
Russian May Day holiday. However, they did participate in routine
medical proficiency training by reviewing the Health Maintenance
System and the Advance Cardiac Life Support equipment.
Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Koichi Wakata and
Mike Barratt also are preparing for a new shipment of propellant,
oxygen, supplies and hardware. The ISS Progress 33 spacecraft will
make the delivery on May 12. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan is set for May 7.
On May 6 the ISS Progress 32 cargo vehicle, loaded with trash
and other discarded items, will undock from the International Space
Station. Russian ground controllers will deorbit the vehicle 12
days later after a series of engineering tests. Data will be
collected over several days on the effects of engine firings on the
plasma in the Earth’s atmosphere.