Discussion in 'Astronomy, Space and Planetary Science' started by amusicsite, 26 Aug 2011.
Watch the launch of ESA astronaut Tim Peake , NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko to the International Space Station on 15 December at 11:03 GMT (12:03 CET).
Docking of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft with the Station is scheduled for 17:23 GMT (18:23 CET) with coverage resuming at 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET).
All systems are go!
He is going on a walkabout tomorrow.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35273912
Fabulous coverage on NASA TV
Scott Kelly due to return from almost a year in space, the longest for any American.
Well they are back now and it don't exactly look like they are ready to start running around the planet. Which make you think... Just how close are we to being able to actually send someone to Mars and not have them taking days to readjust to gravity when they get there. I guess part of this experiment is to see how long it takes them to get back to doing simple tasks but it looked like they had a lot of help getting out of the capsule. Something you are not going to get when you get to Mars. I think before we send someone to Mars I would like to see someone stay on the space station for a year then when they return to earth they get out of the ship and walk to the extraction point. Then I'll believe we are ready to send someone to Mars.
Sounds like it was a bit more of an endurance than shorter trips and intriguingly unsettled his skin when he came back. I guess the complex air on the earth is probably very different the the controlled environment on the station. He also says it was strikingly obvious the damage from pollution which he observed from space over a year.
Quite an achievement but you have to things it's a small stepping stone like one of the early aeroplanes that seem like a joke compared to modern aeroplanes.
Can't wait to see what comes next.
Tim's back on earth now.
Tim Peake is heading back into space again
This is quite a good tour of the space station, gives you a good idea of the scale and how much space they have.
The ISS is upgrading it's 18 year old Epson Stylus Color 800 with a new one from HP.
Although they have customised it for working in low gravity there is not much you actually have to do. As far as I can tell the old ones were fairly off the shelf stuff and I think dealing with waste ink is the main problem.
If you have a spare $60 million burning a hole in your pocket you can now book a trip to the ISS with NASA
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