Space Station Astronauts Talk with West Virginia Students | Summary and Q&A

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March 17, 2017
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Space Station Astronauts Talk with West Virginia Students

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Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough answer questions about their experiences in space and the future of space exploration.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What did Peggy Whitson hope to gain personally and scientifically from the journey?

Peggy mentions that she aims to complete as many scientific objectives as possible. She sees herself as the hands of the scientists on the ground, contributing directly to space flight and exploration.

Q: How do astronauts manage living in the confined space of the ISS?

Shane explains that teamwork and consideration for others are essential in their daily activities. While the quarters are small, they try to avoid getting on each other's nerves and use the people skills they've learned throughout their training to maintain a positive environment.

Q: What precautions are taken to prevent the introduction of pathogens on the ISS?

Peggy explains that two weeks before launch, a quarantine period begins to limit exposure to people. This is done to reduce the potential of carrying pathogens to the ISS. However, they are still susceptible to illnesses unrelated to pathogens, such as kidney stone formation.

Q: What is the most exciting aspect of work on the ISS for Shane Kimbrough?

Shane mentions that spacewalks are the most exciting part of their work on the ISS. They have the opportunity to work outside the station, which is a thrilling experience for them.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Senator Joe Manchin visits the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences to speak with astronauts Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough on the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Peggy Whitson discusses her scientific goals for the mission and her personal satisfaction in contributing to space exploration.

  • Shane Kimbrough talks about living in the confined space of the ISS and the importance of teamwork and consideration for others.

  • Other topics discussed include precautions for preventing pathogens on the ISS, effects of lighting on board, challenges faced as an astronaut, communication with family, and the future of the space program.

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