It's only been a week since three of the crew members flew back to Earth aboard the International Space Station with the Russian spaceship Soyuz. Their vehicle, which was the same as a leak on a component that was eventually dropped before re-entering, performed well and the trio made it back to Earth.
Astronaut Drew Feustel is no stranger to space While he was not part of the crew that returned to Earth last week, he knows all about the struggles faced by everyone who has to spend extended periods in space. In a tweet welcome home, the crew takes a look at what space explorers are dealing with after arriving.
"Welcome home # SoyuzMS09!" Writes Feustel in the tweet. "On October 5, I looked like I had closed the heel-eye eyes after 1
Drew's wife Indira is almost hard to see. Feustel, who has spent almost 200 days in space, seems to struggle with easy walking. The astronaut is fighting against gravity to stay upright. He holds his arms over his chest and keeps his eyes closed as he concentrates on keeping his balance. Feustel returned to Earth in early October of this year, having worked first as a flight engineer and then during expeditions 55 and 56 as commander of the ISS while aboard the space station. They do their best to keep their muscles in shape by performing various exercises and exercising regularly, but nothing can prepare them for the possibility of a reoccurrence of gravity.
These videos show how much men are and women of the Astronaut Corps sacrifice in the name of science, while at the same time questioning the future. Occupied missions to Mars require that researchers endure gravity well over 200 days, and we simply do not know what impact such a journey could have on the human body once travelers land either on Earth or on the Red Planet itself