October 18, 2011
STS119-E-006764 (20 March 2009) --- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata is pictured on Discovery's middeck with the General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER). The astronauts changed out the International Space Station's glacier with a new one on March 20 to return urine, saliva, and blood samples from the Expedition 18 crew to earth with Discovery's STS-119 astronauts. Wakata will be serving with both the current (Expedition 18) and the following (Expedition 19) crews aboard the station.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Environment, Expedition 19, Akihiko Hoshide, Expedition 18, Expedition 1, Space Shuttle Discovery, Koichi Wakata, STS-119, International Space Station, Manned spacecraft