What’s it like train­ing for a mis­sion to space?

All About Space - - Ask Space - Ma­jor Tim Peake is an Euro­pean Space Agency astro­naut

from my ex­pe­ri­ence, train­ing for a six-month mis­sion to space is very in­volved these days, namely be­cause there are a lot of el­e­ments to it. We’ve got to get [into space] and we’ve got to be able to get back safely, so that means we [the crew] have to know ev­ery­thing about the space­craft we are fly­ing. for us, that is the rus­sian Soyuz space­craft.

train­ing as a crew of three – with my­self; tim Ko­pra, my nASA crew­mate, and yuri Ma­lenchenko, my rus­sian com­man­der of the Soyuz – has taken a lot of time and com­mit­ment, but then we have also had to get to know ev­ery­thing about the space sta­tion where we will be liv­ing, and that in­cludes know­ing about the var­i­ous dif­fer­ent mod­ules – the rus­sian seg­ment, the Amer­i­can lab­o­ra­to­ries, the Euro­pean lab­o­ra­to­ries, the Ja­panese lab­o­ra­to­ries and the var­i­ous other mod­ules that we will be us­ing up there.

We also have to know how to main­tain the space sta­tion and keep it run­ning safely, and we need to be able to do cer­tain tasks such as robotic op­er­a­tions, which in­volves us­ing the Cana­dian robotic arm to grab vis­it­ing ve­hi­cles and dock them to the Space Sta­tion – that’s how we keep the iSS sup­plied. that is a big task that as­tro­nauts have to be able to do, as well as the pos­si­bil­ity of do­ing space­walks in or­der to com­plete any main­te­nance out­side of the iSS.

tim peake un­der­takes a space­walk from the iSS

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