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SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON THE RUSSIAN SEGMENT
Program of scientific experiments under the BSM project "CENTENARIO"

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On October 18 2005 a contract was concluded between the Federal Space Agency and the Brazilian Space Agency (BSA) to perform a flight of Brazilian astronaut Markos Caesar Pontes as a space flight participant of the visiting crew VC-10 (March 2006, phase ISS-12, -13) to the International Space station and implementation of the research program under the BSM "CENTENARIO" project (BSA).
The BSM "CENTENARIO" project envisages implementation of 31 sessions of 8 experiments each in the following areas:


Distribution of experiments and number of sessions in the research areas.

Area of research Name of Experiment Total Number of sessions
Biomedical research

GOSUM

1
4
Biotechnology research DNARM, SMEK, NIP
3
1+3+8
Engineering research

CEMEX, WMHP

2
5+4
Educational projects SEEDS, CHROPHYL
2
4+2
TOTAL:
8
31

Experiments under the BSM "CENTENARIO" project

Biomedical research
GOSUM Germination of plant seeds in the microgravity conditions

Biotechnology research
DNARM Reparation of DNA in the microgravity conditions
SMEK Study of microgravity effects on enzyme kinetics
NIP Accumulations of interacting proteins

Engineering research
CEMEX Tests of capillary evaporator in the microgravity conditions
WMHP Miniature wire heat pipes

Educational projects
SEEDS Brazilian seeds Phaseolus vulgaris
CHROPHYL Chlorophyll chromatography

Along with implementation of eight scientific experiments under the BSM "CENTENARIO" project (BSA) on the Russian segment, the VC-10 program envisages implementation of activities on information of the world community and symbolic manipulation (PR & Symbolic).
All the experiments are mainly performed by the VC-10 space flight participant (Brazilian astronaut). However, in two experiments "GOSUM" and "SEEDS" ISS-12 flight-engineer Valery Tokarev will render assistance during photography.
All experiments under the BSM "CENTENARIO" project are performed on the ISS Russian segment.
When implementing activities under the BSM "CENTENARIO" project, both the hardware to be delivered under this project and onboard equipment of the ISS RS is used.

After implementation of experiments and activities under the BSM "CENTENARIO" project the results in the amount of 6 names are to be transferred to the suppliers, among which:

·On research program - 4 names  
  among which time cargoes - 4 names  
·On PR & Symbolic - 2 names  

The VC-10 flight is scheduled at a period from March 30 to April 9 2006. The total flight duration will be 10 days, in this case the joint flight phase (within the ISS RS) will be 8 days.

Space flight participant (VC-10 SFP) Markos Caesar Pontes (Brazil) is to be delivered to the ISS RS by the Soyuz TMA-8 transport manned vehicle jointly with the ISS-13 crew and to be returned in the Soyuz TMA-7 descent vehicle together with the ISS-12 crew USA astronaut William McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev.
 

 

 

 

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