Most astronauts visiting the International Space Station (ISS) would probably be more than happy to watch their entire six-month stay out the window, the beauty of the passing scenery causing their jaws to hit the floor, or more realistically. Basically, swim around (taking into account microgravity conditions).
Truth be told, astronauts are kept extremely busy during their stay at the orbiting outpost 250 miles above Earth, with everything from science experiments and spacewalks to more mundane but essential activities like exercise and keeping the space clean. is done.
A fun video (below) shared by the European Space Agency on Sunday attempts to show what a typical day on the ISS is like, squeezing clips shot over several months into one 60-second action-packed sequence. .
Today, I am over 365 days in space, reducing my 2 missions of course… a year…!
a whole year in space #proxima and the Alpha mission. Scenes from a normal day… in a minute #missionalpha pic.twitter.com/gDgF4gllSP
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) October 9, 2021
The footage was captured during two missions carried out by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, the first one called Proxima in 2016, and the Alpha mission he is doing now.
The video offers a glimpse of what it’s like to live and work on the ISS, showing Pesquet performing a variety of tasks, some of which we wrote about on the pages of Nerdshala.
In addition to a lot of science stuff, we also see the Frenchman handling a camera as he takes more incredible pictures of Earth, and playing the saxophone in the station’s cupola module during some downtime.
There is a clip of Pesquet fitted and booted for one of the many spacewalks conducted outside the ISS while he performed “Space Boogie” earlier this year.
A space pizza is also visible, while a beautiful (albeit very small!) star show closes the video.
For a more detailed look at life on the space station, check out this collection of insightful videos, in which astronauts explain everything from getting a haircut in micro-gravity situations to using a space toilet.