Life in space is fascinating, especially for those interested in astronomy. There are several questions. For example, how do astronauts keep cool, what do they do to be self-sufficient or to maintain mental and physical health? The astronaut Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency (ESA) has shared two videos that give a little insight into life on board the International Space Station (ISS). In one of them he shows what astronauts do to strengthen their muscle mass and bone density in the weightless environment. And secondly, what they do to keep the hair away from their eyes.
Although the ISS is a huge laboratory that hovers nearly 400 km above the earth, it is still mostly about machines. Life on board may be exciting, but it requires immense discipline. The ISS houses experiments that could not be carried out in any laboratory on Earth.
“There is no exception when it comes to the 2 hours of daily training on board the space station. This not only serves to keep us fit after the festive delicacies, but is also important to strengthen our muscle mass and bone density in weightless space, ”tweeted Maurer.
There is no exception when it comes to the daily 2h movement on board the @Space_Station ???? ️ This is not only used to keep us fit after the festive delicacies ???? but is important to strengthen our muscle mass and bone density in the weightless environment of space #CosmicKiss @esa pic.twitter.com/WxbmvHuLty
– Matthias Maurer (@astro_matthias) December 27, 2021
In the second video, Maurer gave his followers a look into the “salon” and, with the help of his colleague Raja Chari, an Indian-American NASA astronaut, took the hair out of his eyes. He said that on the space station, the “hair clippers come with a vacuum cleaner attached”. Maurer describes Chari as a space stylist and awards “five stars” for this “service”.
Maurer and his three colleagues, including Chari, took off aboard a new SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft called Endurance and docked with the ISS in November 2021 for a six-month stay in orbit. This is Maurer’s first space mission.