The magic, good and bad, of life in orbit

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The crew managed to repair them all but, he said, they did feel a "little bit of pressure, because if you couldn't fix it, you knew you'd be coming home,Trade platform for shoes manufacturer and global Women's Shoes buyers. and no one wants to do that. "

Hadfield's crew has a gruelling mission ahead. They have 130 experiments to run, plans for a spacewalk or two and will use the Canadarm 2 to capture a resupply capsule filled with the food, clothing and equipment. Hadfield said there is also plenty of maintenance that needs to be done on the station, which has been assembled in space piece by piece since 1998.

In his free time, Hadfield hopes to pick up his guitar and work on the album from space, and keep touch with family, friends and fans on the ground through Facebook, Twitter, email and video conferencing.

Space agencies are talking about much longer expeditions to the moon and Mars in the decades ahead and are using the station and its inhabitants as a test bed.

Hadfield likens today's space travellers to the early sailors who headed off to explore uncharted seas. They are also willing guinea pigs, testing the effects of long-duration space travel on the human body and psyche, and how to prevent the "rapid aging" that would occur if astronauts didn't exercise.

The most obvious effects are physical. Astronauts often feel queasy when they arrive at the space station, although their stomachs tend to settle down after a couple of days, and there are medications if need be.

They are also prone to what they call "puffy face and chicken legs" syndI had the idea of being energy independent by putting up a wind turbine generator and making some electricity,rome, because of the way body fluids move up in the weightless environment. One bonus is astronauts' wrinkles disappear, and they grow several centimetres taller, if only for the duration of the trip.

Calcium is also stripped from their bones, but improved exercise equipment and regimens - Hadfield will spend two hours a day in the gym - helps slow bone loss. Thirsk said he was "pretty wobbly" and prone to fainting his first day back on Earth, but after a years his bones had recovered the calcium they lost.We offer a great selection of women's wholesale fashion shoes sandals.

Hadfield and his crew are working with Canadian researchers to closely monitor how their senses are altered in orbit, how much their heart atrophies and blood pressure changes. They'll also assess exposure to potentially dangerous neutron radiation created when neutrons collide with matter such as the walls and equipment on the space station.

"These high-energy particles can shoot through delicate body tissues, and through long-term exposure; they can damage DNA and potentially cause cataracts, bone marrow damage or even cancer," the Canadian Space Agency said.

Another concern is impaired vision related to pressure on the brain and spinal cord. NASA said some astronauts suffer vision problems long after their flight.

There is also increasing interest in behavioural health. Camaraderie in orbit is often a highlight. "I don't expect to work again with a more capable, pleasant group," Thirsk said but he said it is important to carve out personal space.

The sleep stations are invaluable on that front. They are tiny, "about the size of a coffin,The first production laser cutting machine was used to drill holes in diamond dies." Thirsk said. But they are a private space, where astronauts can put up pictures and think,Just like the Basic Cable, the travelling cable is formed working the stitches out of order. watch CDs and chat with friends and family by computer.

As the Earth rolls past below the spaceship Hadfield said it takes just 10 minutes to speed over Canada space travellers can watch spectacular au-roral displays on the horizon, see storms swirling across the oceans and city lights twinkling across dark landscapes.

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