As if staying on the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) isn’t cool sufficient, some astronauts even get to take pleasure in their birthday there.
With the ISS consistently rotating its crew over the final 20 years, occasional birthdays aboard the orbiting outpost are inevitable, with the most up-to-date one happening simply a couple of days in the past.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough turned 54 on Friday, June 4, and naturally his six fellow crew members made positive to prepare some celebrations for his huge day.
You received’t be shocked to know that a party on the ISS is a little totally different to 1 again on terra firma. For starters, alcohol isn’t allowed on the area station, so a celebratory tipple is out of the query. And whereas some people on Earth may go for a birthday barbecue, a lot of the meals on the area station is moderately much less thrilling; even truffles made in the conventional method are banished as the crumbs can float off and trigger issues with the equipment.
Nonetheless, it’s a birthday in area. On the ISS, such an event is a probability for crew members to take a break from their work, play some social gathering music on the station’s musical devices, and make the birthday boy or woman really feel a little bit particular. After which in fact you have got the superior views of Earth and past, and, nicely, what number of birthday events have you ever been to the place you’ll be able to actually float round the room?
Latest NASA information revealed that thus far, greater than 80 birthdays have been celebrated aboard the ISS. With many crew members going on repeated missions to the area station throughout their careers, some have even loved a couple of birthday there. Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka holds the report with 4 birthdays on the ISS, in 2004, 2009, 2012, and 2015.
And whereas Padalka has loved a number of birthday bashes aboard the station, NASA astronaut Victor Glover had a stroke of luck just lately when his forty fifth birthday coincided along with his very first area journey.
Life continues on the @Space_Station, and @AstroVicGlover had his birthday simply earlier than leaving. Merci mon ami for all of your assist. I used to be informed by @AstroPeggy that birthdays celebrated in area don’t depend and I’m sticking to it! pic.twitter.com/Ep8hHH5OPo
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 3, 2021
NASA notes on its web site that earlier than the ISS went into operation, “dozens extra astronauts and cosmonauts celebrated their big day in orbit, largely aboard Soviet and Russian area stations.”
The primary-ever birthday to be celebrated in area was that of Soviet cosmonaut Viktor Patsayev aboard the Salyut area station in June 1971, whereas Pete Conrad was the first American to expertise a area birthday throughout a Skylab mission in June 1973.
The primary lady to have a birthday away from Earth was NASA astronaut Janet Kavandi, who turned 42 throughout a Area Shuttle mission in July 2001. The identical birthday was additionally the first one aboard the ISS. The youngest birthday was 33 and the oldest 60, on the Mir area station and ISS, respectively.
To seek out out extra about life aboard the Worldwide Area Station, take a second to discover this assortment of movies revamped the years by the astronauts themselves.