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ELITE-S2 Post-flight activities started

ELITE-S2 Post-flight activities started

Houston (Texas), 22-Mar-2013 - The post-flight ELITE-S2 body movement analysis data collection activities have been successfully started at the Johnson Space Center with the astronaut Kevin A. Ford after his permanence of 144 days in space.

Ford's TMA-06M soyuz capsule undock from the ISS had to be delayed of 24 hours due to "horrible" weather conditions at the landing site in Kazakhstan. The capsule finally landed on March,16th. Soon after his transport to Houston, Kevin Ford, who appeared in great shape, executed the two scientific protocols IMAGINE2 (S.Lucia hospital, Rome) and MOVE (Politecnico di Milano) on the ELITE-S2 Ground Model, supported by the Kayser Italia team. The protocols have been repeated few days after and then all the recorded 3D kinematic data have been made available to the principal investigators for the dedicated scientific analysis. Kevin Ford will perform the next (and last) baseline data collection by mid of May 2013.

ELITE-S2 is an Italian Space Agency (ASI) facility developed by Kayser Italia that operates on board the International Space Station since 2008.