Good morning! Build a Space Station in 2 minutes. Harder than it looks.
One of the most popular interviews of 2013 was our talk with astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield. His poetic descriptions of life in space caused a lot of “driveway moments” for our listeners. Here he talks about claustrophobia in space:
"They don’t want claustrophobic astronauts, so NASA is careful through selection to try to see if you have a natural tendency to be afraid of small spaces or not. Really, it’s good if you’ve managed to find a way to deal with all of your fears, especially the irrational ones. So during selection in fact, they zip you inside a ball, and they don’t tell you how long they’re going to leave you in there. I think if you had tendencies toward claustrophobia then that would probably panic you and they would use that as a discriminator to decide whether they were going to hire you or not. For me, being zipped inside a small, dark place for an indeterminate amount of time was just a great opportunity and nice time to think and maybe have a little nap and relax, so it doesn’t bother me. But you can get claustrophobia and agoraphobia — a fear of wide open spaces — simultaneously on a spacewalk."
image via Forbes
*A “driveway moment” is when you’re listening to a radio program in your car and you can’t get out because you’re so engrossed.
I actually got his book because I heard the interview while on the way to the bookstore to get something else.
One of my favorite parts was when he was talking about landing in a Soyuz capsule. The impact of the capsule hitting the ground is like being in a car crash, so each crew member has a special personal crash seat custom-molded for their butt, to prevent injuries. So there’s a cosmonaut museum in Moscow that has a gallery of molds of the butts of every single person who has flown in a Soyuz.
This nighttime picture of Moscow shot from the International Space Station looks like a neuron!
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The World Outside My Window — Timelapse of Earth from the ISS
This is one of the few pics/vids I’ve seen that actually gives a sense of the ISS in motion, flying over the Earth, as opposed to the Earth just slowly rotating beneath it.
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In space, no one can hear you sew. NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg took a few down moments on the International Space Station to cobble this together for her son. “It is made out of velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers [that are] found here on the International Space Station,” Nyberg wrote about the dinosaur. “It is lightly stuffed with scraps from a used t-shirt.” Nyberg brought the needle and thread amongst her personal effects.
Today’s photo is sunrise, the windows glinting and solar array gilded in the unbelievably harsh morning light.
The STS-119 crew captured these dramatic images of the International Space Station on March 19, 2009 as Discovery flew around the orbiting complex after undocking.
NASA astronaut Don Pettit recently uploaded a gallery of photos to the Johnson Space Center’s Flickr page. Pettit on how he captured these amazing images:
“My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, the ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”
Ed note: Here are the Hubble Space Telescope’s finest photos.
h/t Twisted Sifter
Source: Flickr / nasa_jsc_photo
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