LONGUEUIL, Que. — Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says his body feels confused and banged-up by the effects of gravity after a five-month stay in space.
After floating around weightlessly for months, suddenly, he needs to keep his own head aloft. He feels dizzy. And because there are no callouses on his feet anymore, he says, he feels like he’s walking on hot coals.
A first trip to the gym was excruciating, he says, because it felt like two people had jumped on him when he was trying to do a situp.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield returned to Earth Monday night after a five-month mission at the International Space Station that saw him become the first Canadian to command the orbiting laboratory.
The 53-year-old touched down in Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz capsule which was also carrying Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn — the same pair Hadfield blasted off with on Dec. 19, 2012.
It has been a long, long time, but record-breaking rocket man Scott Kelly is finally coming back to Earth. On Tuesday, the 52-year-old NASA astronaut will wrap up a 342-day mission on the International Space Station. It’s not the longest jaunt in space — back in the days when Russia had its own space station, several cosmonauts pulled longer stretches and one even lasted 437 days. But it’s the longest stint ever taken on the ISS, and it’s the first time scientists have focused on the physical effects of such long-term spaceflight.
After spending 176 days in space, aboard the International Space Station, one NASA astronaut, Barry Wilmore, and two Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonauts, Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, returned to solid Earth on Wednesday evening at approximately 10:07 pm ET. Below is an image of the return capsule they were in as the re-entered Earth's atmosphere:
NASAWhat's it like to not walk on solid ground for a year?
That's one of the questions NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and companion Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have set out to answer during their year-long mission on board the International Space Station (ISS).
On Friday, March 27, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, together with cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko, will strap in for a rocket ride to the International Space Station, embarking on a mission unlike any before them.
Above a door on a platform standing 200 feet in the air that connects to the NASA space shuttle that ferries astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), there's a sign that holds some serious significance for astronauts. It reads: "Last bathroom on Earth."
Earthlings, let us join in celebrations of this momentous occasion! On March 23, 1965, NASA pilot John Young made history when he smuggled a sandwich into space.
The sandwich was corned beef on rye, and it was already two days old when Young whipped it out of his flight suit and took a bite of it two hours into the Gemini 3 mission.
So that’s pretty gross.
“Where did that come from?” Gus Grissom, the mission’s commander, asked his crewmate.