This morning we are in the EMA (Experiment Monitoring Area), a mini-mission control room at KSC where our local payload integration specialist April Spinale and mission support engineer Joe Benjamin join the communications loops that connect with the ISS. They serve the ISS operations by answering questions and providing clarification on procedures. They also gather data as it comes down for the experiment records.
Within the EMA we have the closest real time connection with the astronaut. We can listen in on the audio loops and watch available video, and virtually participate in the experiment.
At 7:04 a.m. EDT astronaut Steve Swanson completed the activation of the experiment. He unwrapped the plates and put them under the lights for growth. Pictures were taken and we hope to get those downloaded soon.