There is a new crew member aboard the International Space Station, but it is not human, or even an animal. Astronauts aboard have, according to reports, adopted a "Little Earth" stuffed toy. The stuffed toy has also been nicknamed "Earthie."
There are three Expedition 58 crew members currently living on the space station, according to the website ScienceAlert. NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko.
On Friday, NASA's astronaut Bob Behnken told NASA TV viewers that "trained" Earthie on space station protocol, according to ScienceAlert. "Aboard, probably, when we get there," Behnken said. He added, "I think Anne and David and Oleg have trained him up well."
Elon Musk, Hopefully he can walk through the emergency brief and he's a full-fledged crew member. who founded the aerospace company SpaceX, which was shipped with Earthie aboard, described the plush toy as being like " to Earth Pokemon ," according to CNET. McClain has been sharing a series of photos with Earthie to her Twitter account, depicting the toy's life in space.
Since adopting Earthie as an honorary crew member McClain has shared photos of the stuffed toy peering out of the window, looking at the real planet Earth, as well as a number of images depicting his "training procedures." "Yes buddy, that's your Mother Earth," McClain captured one photo. "Is not she beautiful?"
" Earth wants to learn a lot during his busy week at @Space_Station – today he kept me company while we checked our suit sizing to account for space growth (I am 2 inches taller than when I launched!), Then McClain tweeted last week.
One key lesson Earthie learned about, via McClain, what safety oriented.
"Earth's second day at @Space_Station starts early, but he's happy to learn that even in space, the day starts off with coffee." NASA astronaut shared images of her, Saint-Jacques , "McClain wrote. Ammonia leak, we just have to protect ourselves. "
It seems that McClain has made use of Earthie just because the plush toy is good For the sake of creating the content of the International Space Station.
"Earth's 3rd day started with the blood (plasma?) Pumping! First the treadmill, then weights – he even got some deadlifts in with me," she captioned one photo, she and Earthie pose next to gym equipment.
Earthie has helped McClain's followers learn about space plumbing, trash renewal, and emergency evacuations, among others procedures. It's not clear how long Earthie wants to stay aboard, but it seems the plush toy wants to make regular social media appearances for the foreseeable future.