Last week, two American astronauts, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and one Russian cosmonaut, Oleg Artemyev, climbed into a giant explosive remain and burnt into space, ascending 250 miles before docking with the International Space Station on Friday. As usual, they piloted in the storied Soyuz rocket, propelled out of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan–the same facility that transmitted off Sputnik 60 years ago.
The trio, all veteran spacepeople, have left behind political turmoil between the US and Russia for their own lives in microgravity. Aboard the ISS for over five months, they’ll aid run some 250 experimentations, testing materials and contemplating the effects on microgravity on bone marrow( that &# x27 ;d be theirs ). NASA has been using the Russian open facility for ISS flights since the Space Shuttle program shut down in 2011 — though in the coming years American cosmonauts will again fly out of the US as commercial operations spin up.
Now that they &# x27; re on board, the astronauts will be getting to work right quick: The two Americans will step out into cavity for a six-and-a-half-hour walk around the depot just five days after arriving. And a little more than a week after their docking, they’ll multitude a tourist in accordance with the arrangements of SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft, which will bring furnishes and scientific equipment.
If that seems like a lot, well, it is. Astronauts are a funny bunch: They have to be OK with rocketing into the cold indifference of infinite, they have to be in shape, they have to be really smart. Oh, and they have to be chill about clambering into a giant explosive deposit, of course.( Some other official requirements from NASA: must have a bachelor &# x27; s position and good sight, though glasses are granted, which makes even I could be an astronaut if simply I took care of my torso .)
We &# x27; ve talked to twin astronaut Scott Kelly about how the ISS is like the Harris county penitentiary, biologist astronaut Kate Rubins about how wearing a biosafety hazard clothing trained her for her seat ensemble, and badass astronaut Peggy Whitson( incumbent of the American enter for most time in space) about that time her descent back to Earth didn &# x27; t depart fairly so smoothly.
Now, we &# x27; ve made seven astronauts to demonstrate just how smart and refrigerate the objective is( they’re comfortably back on Earth , not swimming around still) by answering the top 50 Googled questions about infinite. Can birds pilot in space? Can you fuel a grease-gun in space? Great interrogations with enormous explanations in the video above.