What do astronauts do in their spare time on the ISS?

You’re right in thinking that it’s not all work and no play on the International Space Station (ISS). Since days or even months of solid work are certain to cause a large level of stress among space workers, flight planners back on Earth schedule time where astronauts can relax, exercise and have some fun.

Perhaps one of the most popular pastimes is simply looking out of the window. From inside the ISS, crewmembers can peer out of numerous windows at the spectacular sight of the Earth spinning below them. Sunsets and sunrises are also amazing, occurring every 45 minutes above

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Space kitchen ISS

The many challenges of preparing and eating food on board a space station

The environment of space, and particularly its lack of Earth-like gravity, provides its own peculiar set of challenges and hazards for any otherwise-normal terrestrial activity. Cooking and eating in space is no exception. Whether it’s catering for the effect that microgravity has on human taste buds or stopping any stray crumbs from shorting out sensitive electronics, space agencies have evolved culinary techniques and protocols over the decades, with a little help from the astronauts.

Space food has certainly come a long way since Yuri Gagarin squeezed meat

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Space farming

Written by Jonathan O’Callaghan

Future astronauts will need to grow their own plants in artificial environments if they are to survive missions far from Earth.

For future human missions beyond Earth orbit, out of reach of cargo spacecraft, it will likely be necessary for astronauts to grow their own food in order to survive. To achieve such self-sustainability they will need to grow food on their spacecraft, and perhaps even a future lunar base or other such habitat will utilise space farming to ensure the survival of astronauts.

If you think space farming is something from the distant future, however,

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In 2023, you could be one of four Earthlings sent on a mission to permanently settle on the red planet-which makes you an alien


Mars One is initially looking for four astronauts who will take the seven-month trip in 2023. It plans to send four more in the next two years. A stable of 40 trained astronauts will be maintained. Preparations in a simulated Mars base will be broadcast to the world.


Applicants must be 18 years or older;

Free from disease, dependency on alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. And should fit

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The crew of the ISS for the first time worked hand descent to Mars

Evgeny Tarelkin (left) and Oleg Novitsky (center) with his colleague Kevin Ford

An experiment to test the manual controlled descent from orbit to the surface of Mars was held for the first time with the participation of astronauts returned to Earth after a six-month stay on the ISS, told reporters the chief scientific management — Deputy Chief of Cosmonaut Training Center (CTC), Boris Kryuchkov.


"For working manually controlled descent to Mars was used one of the two available in the CPC centrifuges CF-18. Descent centrifuge simulated under the influence of overload, as in

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The crew of spacecraft Soyuz TMA-22 landed successfully.

The lander spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-22" with Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerovym and Anatoly Ivanishin and U.S. astronaut Daniel Burbank made a successful landing.

There is a landing

"There is a landing," — to highlight the inscription on the big screen in the hall of the Mission Control Center. After that MCC workers, management space industry, to monitor the landing of the control room, as well as foreign and local guests broke into applause.

The spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-22" was separated from the International Space Station (ISS) at 12:18 Moscow time on April 27. After separation from the station, the ship was

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USA 2020 will pay Russia for the delivery of U.S. astronauts to the ISS

Quietly and without fanfare Barack Obamasigned into law, according to which the NASA 2020 Russia will pay for the shipping of American astronauts to the ISS. Americans have no choice: the ability to transport people to space technology, they do not possess.

U.S. President Barack Obama put his signature under the law under which NASA will continue until 2020 on the basis of the financial services of Russia to deliver U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. This was reported in the press service of the head of state.

At the end of 2012

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Something above the surface of the moon


This mysterious blue glowing object hanging in the atmosphere above the surface of the moon, was discovered by researchers at the photos taken by Apollo 14.

If you recall a story about some glowing balls that saw astronaut Buzz (Edwin) Aldrin, it is possible to photograph something that actually took place to be on the moon, and not interfere with photography.

Actually the story itself: When in July 1969 launched a rocket to the moon with the ship "Apollo 11" and astronauts Neil Armstrong, M. Collins and E.Oldrinom, then after a few hours

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Today, Russia is becoming a monopoly in space

Making revolution around the Earth in 90 minutes The International Space Station is the most expensive project in the history of space exploration. After a few days of the project hangs on a single thread and costly. And the thread that holds the long-time rival the United States in space Russia. Last U.S. space shuttle should go into orbit on Friday. After that, the United States and other countries will use the old and proven Russian space ship that will transport them to the astronauts on the ISS, which stands 100 billion. Russia will gain a monopoly on manned

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In the next five years, America will pay Russia $ 2.25 billion for the ability to send astronauts into space

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at a hearing in the Committee on Science said that U.S. astronauts until 2017 will not be able to get to the ISS without the help of Russian. All because of a bad planning — "Shuttle" written off, but something will work instead of just five years. Have to pay for the mistake by $ 450 million a year — the same amount requested for the service delivery of Russian American crews to the space station.

Addressing the lawmakers, Bolden said: "We will pay Russia for 450 million dollars a year as long as America

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