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:
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.
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.
MIAMI: Think you have the right stuff to be an astronaut? NASA issued a hiring call on Wednesday for space explorers that may fly on future missions aboard commercially built spacecraft or NASA's deep-space Orion capsule. With the American spaceflight program grounded since 2011 when the space shuttle was retired, NASA is looking to bolster its corps, which currently consists of just 47 astronauts. In 2000, at the peak of the space shuttle era, there were 149.
There's so much talk about going to Mars that we tend to overlook a more reasonable mission that is staring us in the face, says former NASA astronaut Jeffrey A. Hoffman. Business Insider spoke with Hoffman at BBC FUTURE's World-Changing Ideas Summit about the future of space exploration.
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.