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.
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:
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.
Since the end of the Apollo era of space-flight, NASA’s manned missions have stayed within Earth’s gravity well, never escaping into the great blackness of deeper space.
That will end with the Orion mission, set for test flights in early 2014.
If you haven't heard, there's a plan to start up a colony of humans living on Mars in the near future. If the next decade goes as planned, the not-for-profit organization, Mars One, will launch a manned mission to Mars that will land the first human colony on the red planet in 2025.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts wrapped up urgent space station repairs during a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk Tuesday, braving a “mini blizzard” of noxious ammonia as they popped in a new pump.
It was the second spacewalk in four days for U.S. astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins, and only the second Christmas Eve spacewalk in NASA history.
“It’s the best Christmas ever,” Mission Control radioed as the 7 1/2-hour spacewalk came to a close.