The European Space Agency (ESA), an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states, shared a small video clip on Instagram of an astronaut on a treadmill on board the International Space Station (ISS). Yes you’ve read correctly. You are probably wondering how an astronaut stayed stable in weightlessness. Well there is always a way.
In the clip, astronaut Thomas Pesquet had bungee cords attached to him and they made sure he didn’t fly off the treadmill. It is also noteworthy that the astronaut appears to be walking upside down. However, since Thomas is in space, it doesn’t matter because there is no gravity.
“By changing the number of clips, you can adjust how much force you push down,” says the ESA’s caption.
While many people were amazed at the sheer effort that part of the astronaut must have made to put all of this together, a few others left emoticons in the comment section to express their feelings.
The Instagram user “blockbyblock50” said that the astronaut had to be “creative” in weightlessness.
Another user, “almazomaroff”, simply wrote: “Space Odyssey 2021”.
“Why should he walk upside down?” “Trevorsimington” wondered. In response to the request, the user “kacaaa_j_” said: “@trevorsimington is neither below nor above in space”.
Regarding the experience, Pesquet said that it really was like walking with a backpack of your own weight as the tension was removed from the harness. “You can feel it on your hips and shoulders! That is why we normally run with a fraction of our earthly weight, ”ESA quoted Thomas in the video’s caption. “But our trainers know how to keep us honest: They speed up our protocols by 30 percent … I miss a natural environment in which to run, however.”
The ESA repeatedly shares breathtaking images of cities and bodies of water from above and of course also carries out the all-important exploration of space. There are also occasions when these space agencies share their astronauts’ experiences in space aboard their stations.