Tim Peake Beat the Record For Running A Marathon in Space

The London Marathon was held earlier today, and among its runners? Astronaut Tim Peake, orbiting above the Earth on the International Space Station, and he set the world(?) record for running a marathon in space.

Source: Tim Peake Beat the Record For Running A Marathon in Space

Can one beat a “world record” not on said world? 😉

NASA Developed a Super Compact Fitness Machine For Deep Space Missions

Astronauts at the International Space Station have to work out every day to keep themselves healthy. This means they exercise two hours per day on three different machines—a bike, a treadmill, and the so-called Advanced Restive Exercise Device, ARED—to prevent loss of bone density and muscle mass. On the ISS there is enough space for these machines, but what about the less roomy deep-space vehicles like the Orion Spacecraft, on which NASA wants to send astronauts on long journeys to the moon and Mars?

Source: NASA Developed a Super Compact Fitness Machine For Deep Space Missions

Clearly it has no earthly in-home use. It’s not even big enough to drape socks over, let alone the rest of the laundry.

Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA’s Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast in space is a lot easier than here on Earth, but the end after dehydration, irradiation, and rehydration aren’t exactly the height of appetizing. Still, the environment more than makes up for it, and apparently the cornbread dressing is (relatively) fantastic.

Source: Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA’s Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

The recipe is not vegetarian.  There’s no room for dietary restrictions when your food is determined by weight with respect to payload & getting it into space/upper atmosphere.

This is Your Brain Without Gravity

What happens to your brain when you have no sense of up? Researchers are scanning the brains of astronauts to track just how badly space messes with our ability to think.

Source: This is Your Brain Without Gravity

There’s an increasing amount of data from studies that suggest we simply aren’t made for interstellar travel.  Organs can reorientate themselves, ability to concentrate is compromised, spinal issues…

How the ISS Astronauts Grew Their Space Lettuce

Interesting to see what microgravity teaches us about agriculture!

Don’t know why they use the word “microgravity”?  If it’s in orbit, the effects of gravity have to be zero by definition… Because there is no such thing as “zero gravity”!  There’s gravity from the sun all the way out here, it’s really more like no relative acceleration.  As in microgravity, you’re actually in perpetual free fall.