Space Station Commander Educates Students about Life on the ISS | Summary and Q&A

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June 30, 2016
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Space Station Commander Educates Students about Life on the ISS

TL;DR

Astronaut Jeff Williams answers questions about his experience on the International Space Station and the importance of space exploration.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What surprised Jeff Williams the most about being on the International Space Station?

Williams states that he didn't have any major surprises, thanks to years of thorough training and preparation for all possible scenarios.

Q: What does Williams miss the most about Earth while in space?

Apart from his family, he misses simple pleasures like the sound of a breeze, the smell of nature, and the absence of continuous noise.

Q: Has Williams ever seen shooting stars from space?

Williams explains that shooting stars occur when meteors hit the Earth's atmosphere, so as an astronaut above the atmosphere, he has seen them occasionally during Earth's nighttime.

Q: What experiments are being conducted on the International Space Station to help people on Earth?

Williams mentions a wide range of experiments focused on studying the effects of weightlessness on the human body, including changes in vision, bone density, and cardiovascular health.

Q: What does it feel like during takeoff in a rocket?

Williams describes the experience as initially slow, with rumbling and acceleration building up quickly. He also mentions the change in color from blue sky to black and the sensation of speed.

Q: Have there been any problems on the International Space Station during Williams' time aboard?

Williams explains that while most problems are minor, he has experienced major issues such as a power system problem affecting the station's maintenance and a fire in the Russian segment that was quickly resolved.

Q: Are pets allowed on the International Space Station?

While there have been bugs and animals on board for experiments, Williams clarifies that they are not considered pets due to the complications they would add to the station's resources and the specific nature of experiments.

Q: How many astronauts are typically on the International Space Station, and from which countries?

The station usually houses a crew of six astronauts from various countries, such as the United States, Russia, Canada, Japan, and European countries.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Astronaut Jeff Williams discusses his training and lack of major surprises during his time on the International Space Station.

  • He shares that he misses his family, nature, and quietness while in space.

  • Williams talks about the various experiments conducted on the ISS to benefit people on Earth, focusing on the study of the human body.

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