Sub-zero training in Moscow
Hi Mission X trainees,
Here's a quick update from Star City, just outside Moscow. I’m here with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet to learn how to operate Russia's latest "Orlan MK" spacesuit which is used for Extra-Vehicular Activity - or 'spacewalks'. We are diving in a special 10m deep pool called the 'Hydrolab', whilst wearing the pressurised spacesuit and learning how to do an EVA. Despite the temperature being minus 30 degrees Celsius outside, thankfully the pool is heated! Operating the suit under pressure is hard work and requires a lot of effort for several hours - so we have been keeping fit by strength training and running in the gym and doing plenty of swimming too.
It has been fantastic to see on the website what you are all up to - there have been so many different ideas for how to stay fit and healthy whilst having loads of fun too. Keep up the great work!!