The International Space Station is a state-of-the-art laboratory where astronauts perform hundreds of important experiments each year – but that doesn’t mean life in orbit is just work and no game for astronauts. outpost corps.
Among their other missions, NASA astronauts engage in in-flight educational links with schools around the country, answering students’ questions about science, technology, and other topics. , engineering and math (STEM). Some of those exchanges are also a source of fun!
“I was going to try triples for the first time, so here we go,” says Mark Vande Hei, before performing three consecutive zero somersaults. Currently a member of the Expedition 66 crew, Vande Hei is set to spend a full year, 365 days, on the space station.
Vande Hei’s orbital acrobatics kick off NASA’s list of “9 Most Memorable Downhill Moments of 2021,” as posted to the agency. STEM YouTube channel.
Not to be outdone – and truly one step ahead – Expedition 65’s Teammates Shannon Walker by NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) answered a young girl’s question about whether you can arm-wrestle in space by proving it.
“That’s a great question!” Noguchi said. “I’m ready to fight Shannon today, so I give you the arm to fight in space!”
Guess who won?
Not all of the moments on NASA’s list are feats of physical prowess. SpaceX Crew-1 pilot Victor Glover shared her thoughts on extraterrestrial gardening to rank sixth, while Crew-2 crew members Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur likened the smell of space to a popular fast food sandwich to come in fifth place.
“Maybe we’re just really hungry…” Kimbrough said with a laugh.
Kimbrough and McArthur reunite for 4th place, this time joined by Thomas Pesquet of European Space Agency (ESA) for a bit about the space food program and tell.
Number 3 is related to the expedition team 64 comrades Walker and Kate Rubins shares haircare tips, while penultimate place goes to Vande Hei (participated by Pesquet) for the eerie but sparkling weather on Jupiter.
So who and what is number 1? You will have to watch video to find out, but suffice it to say they got a ball (or two) when answering!
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