British Astronaut Tim Peake plans to remain 13 longer in orbit aboard the International Space Station, (ISS), which orbits Earth. The European Space Station (ESA), announced this today. Ground control has stated that it is not in the best interest of 3 only astronauts to remain on board for too long. Chichester-born Major Peake, a current European Space Agency astronaut and ISS crew member since 15th December 2015, was due to come back to Earth on 5th June. His return to Earth has been delayed until 18 June. As they wait for a changeover crew, Ground Control is keeping Major Peake and Russian Commander Yuri Malenchenko aboard the ISS. Major Peake uses the MARES muscle measuring machine from ESA on board the ISS. This image was shared by Major Peake with the comment “No, Not testing a new rider coaster – research into muscular atrophy and how it may assist patient rehabilitation on Earth.” Image: esa.int. ISS will remain fully manned for as long as it can. The crew of the new astronauts won’t be leaving Earth before 21 June. Every ISS crew flies together as a three-person team to the Outpost, and then back in a Soyuz Spacecraft. Three crew members fly back to Earth approximately every three months. Usually, there are only three people on the ISS, so it is not unusual for three of them to return home. Makor Peake stated that he was looking forward to returning to Earth, seeing my friends, and the work on the Station. “This extension will allow us to keep the Station full for many days, which will enable us to conduct more scientific research. As part of ESA’s METERON umbrella program, Major Peake was able to control Bridget, a rover that orbited aboard the ISS. This was to allow him to take in the stunning view of Earth from the ISS. The busy schedule of Major Peake. Three new supply vessels arrived in recent weeks, so the current crew will have plenty to do. Major Peake launched the first Filipino satellite to space last Wednesday from Japan’s Kibo lab. As he flew 400 kilometers above the earth, he also used a Rover called “Bridget” in Stevenage in Hertfordshire. Major Peakes drove the 154-kg robot remotely over Stevenage’s Mars Yard, as though he was searching for scientific targets like rocks on Mars. The Mars Yard is 30 by 13 meters. The Mars Yard is divided into two parts – one dark, the other lit. This allows for a simulation of the rover in a cave or shadowed area. Airbus DS created the Bridget rover. They are currently working together with ESA, UK Space Agency and others to study controlling robotics on simulated worlds. Major Peake connected to the Rover via data and video links using a complicated ‘delay-tolerant network’, which is a form of ‘Internet in Space. The ‘Internet in Space was being also tested. The ISS incubators currently experiment with the growth of blood vessels in microgravity using cell cultures from cells that line our veins. MARES, the muscle-measurement device. Major Tim is the second ESA astronaut to utilize the MARES unit. It charts and displays his motor control as well as a complete overview of his speed and torque. It is difficult to get much information from looking at the muscle contracting at one time. The MARES (Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System), however, provides an accurate picture of the muscle force and speed as well as elbow and knee joint bends. Astronauts lose their muscle mass and bone densities as they are in weightlessness. To minimize their loss, they must do up to 2 hours of exercise each day in order to stay fit and healthy. They still experience a loss in bone density and muscle mass despite this rigorous exercise program. Ground control offers them an opportunity to have a rest day, but they continue their workouts. Tim Peake completed the Virgin Money London Marathon while tethered in space to a treadmill on the ISS kilometres miles above the Earth’s Surface. Long-distance races were literally taken out of the world by Peake. Image: esa.int. Major Peake participated in London Marathon. Last Sunday Major Peake was running in London Marathon. He ran on a treadmill and followed the route using a monitor. Even though he was a long way from London, he ran at the same time as the 37,000 other runners on Earth. It took him just over 3 hours to finish the 26.2-mile km) race. During his marathon, the ISS travelled 62,137 miles (100,000 km). Major Peake was wearing a harness that was tied to his running machine, which is different from other runners. He would have floated to the ground if he tried the race without a tether. Since he had been selected for the European Space Agency’s astronaut training program, he had been practicing for the long-run over the last seven years. Major Peake stated that he had always dreamed of running the London Marathon in space. London Marathon is an international event. Let’s make it a global event. The energy and enthusiasm displayed by everyone was amazing. I asked the medical staff if they could let me run 2016 London Marathon from space the same day as everyone else. Major Peake will fly to Kazakhstan on 18th Juni. Major Peake will travel to Cologne (Germany) to undergo medical checks and conduct research on how astronauts adjust to life in space. Video: Major Peake controls Rover Bridget remotely from Space. This video shows Major Peake driving Rover Bridget on the Mars Yard Test Area, Stevenage.
We monitors and writes about new technologies in areas such as technology, innovation, digitization, space, Earth, IT and AI.