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