Four-time spaceflyer Leroy Chiao will share his experiences during 2 talks broadcast as part of the Virtual Astronaut series, for which you can buy tickets here beginning at $20.
The first of Chiaos talks will be a panel discussion on Friday (Oct. 30) at 7 p.m. EDT (Saturday, Oct. 31, 0000 GMT) discussing 20 years of constant profession on the International Space Station this fall. (Other participants on the panel include astronauts Jack Fischer, Susan Helms and Nicole Stott, and it will be moderated by collectSPACEs Robert Pearlman.) Chiao will likewise provide an individual talk on working remotely on Monday (Nov. 2) at 7 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on Nov. 3).
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Former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao sees a water bubble float in weightlessness on the International Space Station, where he worked as both Expedition 10 leader and science officer in 2005. (Image credit: NASA) The astronauts collected spaceflight experience includes 3 area shuttle bus flights (STS-65 in 1994, STS-72 in 1996 and STS-92 in 2000) along with the long-duration Expedition 10 mission (2004-2005). This repeated spaceflight work permitted Chiao to not only test tools and strategies for deal with the ISS, however likewise to attempt them out genuine throughout longer objectives..
For instance, Chiao stated, spacewalk tests in STS-72 enabled astronauts to install cables on future spacewalks, something that long-duration crews consistently do today. A crucial piece of feedback his crew provided was to make cables a little longer, to make cable televisions easier to set up using clumsy (but essential) extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalking gloves in microgravity..
STS-92 was the last visit to the spaceport station prior to the Expedition 1 crew did a long-duration objective, starting the 20 years of constant occupation on ISS, he added. “We installed a truss through EVAs and robotic operations … we got the location prepared for the team,” he stated. (Fellow STS-92 crewmate Pam Melroy did a talk for the Virtual Astronaut series on Oct. 24.).
Flying in space not only was a technical endeavor, but a cultural experience for Chiao. Chiao trained for 3.5 years for his long-duration mission, learning the Russian language to a high degree of technical knowledge.
For instance, the Russian Orlan is custom-built for each astronaut, unlike the EMU. The Orlan runs at a somewhat greater pressure of 5.9 pounds per square inch (PSI) compared to the EMU (4.3 ), which minimizes the time needed for “prebreathing” to get rid of nitrogen from the blood stream ahead of wearing the match, he said. The Orlans higher operating pressure makes the Orlan a little stiffer for operations, Chiao added.
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” Its essential that we continue to completely support efforts on the International Space Station, since it is a testing room not just for life support systems, but likewise for research– particularly biomedical,” Chiao told Space.com..
The very first of Chiaos talks will be a panel discussion on Friday (Oct. 30) at 7 p.m. EDT (Saturday, Oct. 31, 0000 GMT) discussing 20 years of continuous occupation on the International Space Station this fall. Former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao views a water bubble float in weightlessness on the International Space Station, where he served as both Expedition 10 commander and science officer in 2005. NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao takes part in the very first of 2 spacewalks carried out by the team of Expedition 10 throughout their 6-month objective from October 2004 to April 2005. (Image credit: NASA) Another experience Chiao took pleasure in was voting from space in the 2004 presidential election, which todays ISS American team members will also do for the 2020 presidential election that ends Nov. 3. Chiaos talks will also raise awareness to support the Houston Association for Space and Science Education, for whom he has been a representative given that 2012.
An extremely knowledgeable retired NASA astronaut will speak about the value of the International Space Station as an engineering accomplishment, along with a cultural experience, in two online talks in the coming days.
One of the biggest difficulties for long-duration objectives, he observed, is keeping astronauts healthy. Without great deals of exercise and cautious attention, astronauts can return home with significantly damaged bones, muscles and blood flow– and even at that, it normally takes months for a normal long-duration leaflet to feel somewhat normal again..
The International Space Station (ISS) has evaluated numerous devices to assist in excellent health for spaceflyers, consisting of the Interim Resistance Exercise Device (iRED) that helped astronauts replicate weight lifting in microgravity utilizing resistive bands. (Today, the piston-driven Advanced Resistive Exercise Device or ARED takes iREDs location, because ARED provides harder workouts to enhance astronaut weight-lifting capabilities.).
Chiao stated his talk will talk about how the designers of iRED managed to pass security checks from cautious NASA officials and worldwide partners. Chiao used iRED himself in area and praised its abilities: “It kept me healthy.”.
NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao gets involved in the very first of two spacewalks carried out by the crew of Expedition 10 during their 6-month objective from October 2004 to April 2005. (Image credit: NASA) Another experience Chiao delighted in was voting from area in the 2004 presidential election, which todays ISS American crew members will likewise do for the 2020 presidential election that ends Nov. 3. Chiao stated the procedures havent changed that much in two years, and that the voting was extremely simple to do.
Chiaos talks will likewise raise awareness to support the Houston Association for Space and Science Education, for whom he has actually been a spokesperson because 2012. Prior to the pandemic, the association flew kids from worldwide to Houston and Huntsville, Ala. to discover space and astronaut training. Those programs are necessarily on hold because of the pandemic, however there is hope the experiences can one day resume.
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