WORKING IN SPACE
Once we know how to build space stations and survive on them, we can focus on reaping the benefits of space. The clear skies, lack of air, and weightless environment offer exciting work for those willing to experiment. As more people venture into space, they will discover new things to do and make there. They may design new tools and robots, new medicines or metals. They might track pollution or breed fish in air aquariums. One thing is certain, work in space will be full of surprises.
Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine editor James R. Asker climbs into a Russian space suit easily, using the “back” door.
The view of Earth during a space walk is incredible, but astronaut Kathryn Thornton was so intent on the complicated task of fixing the Hubble Space Telescope that she almost missed seeing a thousand-mile aurora shimmering over the North Pole.
LIVING IN SPACE
Human bodies are amazing. Oour eyes adjust to light and dark. Our hearts speed and slow as needed. Our skin sweats to cool us or makes goose bumps to keep us warm. We shouldn´t be surprised that our bodies also adjust to a lack of gravity and life in insolation. Some of the changes are unpleasant, ohters amusing. The spce station offers a wonderful opportunity to study these changues and to test ways to stay healthy on long trips.
Astronaut Mamoru Mohri´s eye movements and neck tension are recorded as he tracks a flickering light. The experiment test how eye, head, and body movements affect space sickness.
Astronaut Richard Linnehan during a shuttle. With no gravity, he has to pull hard against straps to work leg muscles that get weak in space.
When she came home from the Russian Mir space station, Shannon Lucid said, “It was really neat having the (wheat) plants and watching them grow.” Just before she left Mir, a second generation of wheat had sprouted. “I looked in there, and you could see little baby seeds…. So I rusheds into the base block (and said), ´Hey you guys, you gotta come real quick and look, the baby seeds are coming!´ They were just real excited”.
Astronaut Mike Lounge chases down a bubble of strawberry drink during mealtime. Crew Rick Hauck (center) and dave Hilmers watch.
The tank at the back swings forward over the hole and then down, mashing the sealed bag waste into the trash cylinder below. The urinal is white hose across the front.
Astronaut Susan helms shampoos her hair in space without using water.
There`s no sink, but as shown here by astronauts daniel Bursch (left) and Frank Culbertson (right), brushing your teeth in space is just like on Earth.
Sleeping in space is a dream come true (top to bottom) Daniel Bursch, Carl walz, and William Readdy. Note how everyon`s arms naturally float in front of them, just like they do when floating in a swimming pool.
Space Station Science
Author: Marianne Jakmides Dyson
Illustrator: Dave Klug
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Describes space stations, the International Space Station, the training and activities of its crew, and the conditions that will exist on it, including weightlessness and the dangers of radiation and meteors. Includes experiments and activities simulating conditions in space.