Information was compiled on what awaits the Axiom-3 team, whose spaceflight began at 00:49 GMT, on the ISS, as well as details of the astronauts’ daily lives.
Following the successful launch of SpaceX’s spacecraft from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:49 p.m. US time (12:49 US time), the Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) team’s space journey began.
The Ax-3 team is expected to reach the International Space Station around 5:15 a.m. (1:15 p.m. US time) on Saturday morning.
It is also a question of curiosity what kind of life awaits Michael Lopez-Alegria, Alper Gezeravcı, Marcus Wandt and Walter Villadei on the Ax-3 mission on the ISS.
A space larger than a 6-room house
Canned food, recycled water, a sleeping bag and a wonderful view of space await Ax-3, who will spend his days conducting experiments together.
The ISS consists of an area larger than a 6-room house, with 6 sleeping compartments, 2 bathrooms, a gym and a round window that offers 360 degree views.
The Expedition 70 team, which launched its mission on the ISS on September 27, 2023, includes Andreas Mogensen, Jasmin Moghbeli, Furukawa Satoshi, Loral O’Hara, Konstantin Borisov, Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub. Expedition 70 astronauts and cosmonauts will greet the Ax-3 team upon arrival at the ISS.
7 Russian, American, Japanese and Danish astronauts; With the participation of the 4-person Ax-3 team, consisting of Turks, Spaniards, Americans, Swedes and Italians, a mini world mosaic is created.
Together, astronauts experience the opposite of a view of space from Earth. The two teams will experience happiness and stress together for weeks in the consciousness of collective life.
The importance of exercise and basic needs
The first and most important factor that awaits astronauts in space and on the ISS is weightlessness. Astronauts who have become accustomed to weightlessness and learned to live by “floating” through the training they received underwater on Earth must train for two hours every day on the ISS to protect their bodies.
Otherwise, individuals in a zero-gravity environment may experience muscle and bone loss, as required by a strong mind and body as astronauts. Astronautics, which requires the ability to work under stress and pressure, requires a strong mind as well as healthy physical integrity.
Consuming food and drinks in a zero-gravity environment is also very different, as liquid substances immediately disperse into the air. For this reason, food and drinks are used in special packaging. Liquid drinks come in powder form and are stored in special tubes to dissolve in water.
Over time, the system has evolved to meet basic nutritional needs as well as specific preferences for life in space, but most foods are still available in cans and in special packaging.
There are currently more than 300 food items available, and astronauts can also bring meals of their choice. Almost all foods are prepared 1 or 2 years ago in the form of canned, bagged, irradiated or frozen foods.
Estimated by the astronauts to be 1 day
According to their general work discipline, astronauts begin the experiments for which they are responsible after reaching the ISS. The team, which will spend about two weeks on the ISS, will start the day like many astronauts there at 6 a.m. Greenwich time.
After a shared breakfast on the ISS, the astronauts meet with the mission control center and discuss the daily routine and tasks.
The astronauts, maintaining strong communication with Mission Control Center, will chat and eat their meals in the evening after completing the day’s work. After completing their two-hour day exercise, the astronauts will take their places in their sleeping bags around 10 p.m.
Unlike on Earth, astronauts cannot sleep in contact with their sleeping bags as they continue to float due to the zero gravity environment. For them, the term “reach out” doesn’t fully apply; Since they can float, the overhead position can also be one of the sleeping positions.
Water is recycled and used
Although rates vary on the ISS, about 93 percent of water is recycled and used. Purified water, obtained from astronauts’ breathing, bodily waste and water, is the primary source of fluids on the ISS.
Since it costs a lot to put each liter of water into space, water is recycled as much as possible.
According to NASA, the water recycling system reduces crew dependence on water from spacecraft by 65 percent.