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. Her vehicle, a vehicle that had a leak on a component that was eventually dropped before re-entering, stopped and the trio returned well to Earth.
Astronaut Drew Feustel is no stranger to space Although he was not part of the crew that returned to Earth last week, he knows all about the struggles faced by everyone who experiences a prolonged stay in space. In a tweet welcome home, the crew will take a look at what space researchers have to do after they get home.
"Welcome home # SoyuzMS09!" Feustel writes in the tweet . "On October 5, I looked like I was closed on the @Space_Station after 197 days of field-testing with heel-toe eyes, and I hope the returning crew feels much better."
The video shot by 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.
Without gravity to hold her down, the ISS crew is propelling a lot on board 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 explorers to endure more than 200 days of weightlessness, and we simply do not know what impact such a journey could have on the human body if the travelers land either on Earth or on the Red Planet itself.