ISS

Commander Hadfield “weak and prematurely aged” after 5 months in space

via news.com.au

via news.com.au

When you read articles like this, you wonder if we are anywhere near overcoming the challenges of space travel.  Just a short 5 months in space has left Canadian Chris Hadfield’s body in such a state that’s even had to learn how to use his tongue for speaking in gravity again.

Reuters reports

Back on Earth, Canadian astronaut and cyberspace tweeter Chris Hadfield is getting a rough re-introduction to gravity after a five-month stint aboard the International Space Station, the former commander told reporters during a video webcast from Houston.

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Commander Chris Hadfield’s last video from space… it’s a ripper

Chris Hadfield is a star in space

Chris Hadfield really presents the human face of ISS with all his photos, Tweets and great little Q&A’s like this.

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Just turn it all off and turn it all back on again

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Nancy Atkinson at Universe Today reports

Today at about 9:45 a.m. EST (15:45 UTC) the International Space Station experienced a loss of communication with the Mission Control in Houston, and at this writing, communication has yet to be re-established. When communication was lost, flight controllers in Houston were updating the software onboard the station’s flight computers, and one of the station’s data relay systems malfunctioned. The primary computer that controls critical station functions defaulted to a backup computer, but was not allowing the station to communicate with NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, NASA said.   Read more »

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Auckland from space

Canadian Chris Hatfield is on the International Space Station and has been tweeting to his fans.  Yesterday he also posted this pic of Auckland

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Larger version here.

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