Watch Astronaut Prepare for His Stay at the Space Station
The astronaut Matthias Maurer has been training for his first space mission for five years.
In the fall, the 50-year-old German finally gets the opportunity to go on a rocket ride while traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.
The training for his six-month stay on board the space station is now being intensified. Maurer is currently stationed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, making final preparations for the mission.
A newly released video (above) offers fascinating insights into the training process and shows Maurer participating in various activities, including tasting various space foods at the NASA Space Food Systems Laboratory.
“The specialists for food laboratories even help us to fulfill individual requests, for example adding new food from our home country,” says Maurer, adding that despite most of the space food that is served in bags and cans, everything he has done so far tried to be “excellent”. ”
The European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut also emphasizes the importance of staying fit in space, as microgravity conditions cause ISS residents to lose muscle and bone unless they exercise regularly. This includes sessions that last two hours a day, six days a week, fitness and cardio training, as well as strength training with special equipment for the special conditions.
Maurer also notes that the training includes learning to fix the machines in the event of a breakdown, since calling a mechanic from space is not done.
As can be expected, part of the training before the mission takes place in an almost replica of the space station (see video), of course without the weightless conditions.
The astronaut will continue his training for the autumn mission at partner agencies around the world over the next few weeks and months. ESA promises more videos to show Maurer’s progress before his first space adventure.
For more information on how astronauts work, rest and play in space, check out this article on digital trends with a collection of videos the astronauts themselves made while staying at the orbiting outpost 250 miles above Earth. You will even find out how astronauts use the bathroom in space.