July 9, 2020


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Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Immediately after clocking 328 consecutive days in area, NASA astronaut Christina Koch landed safely and securely back on Earth the 7 days before previous. Her vacation was the longest-at any time solitary spaceflight mission for a girl, and she did it for science: NASA requirements to study the extensive-time period effects of spaceflight on the human entire body in planning for eventual stays on the Moon and missions to Mars. Bodies, see, they’ve gotten kind of made use of to functioning in a gravity-primarily based natural environment, and when they are transported to microgravity or zero g’s, factors get out of whack. Your coronary heart beat improvements mainly because your ticker blorbs into a sphere, your eyes alter shape making your vision worse and your entire body generally goes catawampus because of to the absence of gravity. Just one of Christina Koch’s primary experiments was focused on bone wellness and why vertebrae are likely to break soon after extensive duration flights this kind of superior-degree (so to speak) guinea pig function could support doctors continue to keep long term astronauts healthy. This 7 days we are heading to float all over with Koch and her pal and crewmate, Jessica Weir. Don’t fail to remember your helmet!

Astronaut Christina Koch (still left) and Jessica Weir are prepping their area satisfies a couple days before the next all-feminine area wander on January fifteen. (They put in seven several hours out there changing some lithium batteries on the station.) The two astronauts are also most effective close friends and manufactured historical past by completing the initial all feminine spacewalk in October 2019. Just stuff typical close friends do.Photograph: NASA
This is Weir upgrading a electric power system on the ISS. Sights like this give you some perception of how hard it is to do handbook function carrying substantial gloves and a large spacesuit while perching on a teensy foothold.Photograph: NASA
This is Koch strapped to the outside the house of the ISS changing the lithium ion batteries that are billed by the ISS’s large solar panels. Weir is all over the corner completing the same activity. At the rear of Koch you can see the Atlantic Ocean off the coastline of Africa. Communicate about an business office with a see.Photograph: NASA
This accidental artistic photograph demonstrates two astronauts: Weir is performing on battery alternative, and Koch, who took the photograph, is captured in the shiny reflection on Weir’s visor.Photograph: NASA
Weir will take an out of this earth selfie (photograph bombed by the Earth, way down under!) for the duration of a spacewalk on January fifteen.Photograph: NASA

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