1. Before you start, let’s get in the mood. Play this.
2. First, you need to get adjusted to your space suit.
Reid Wiseman, a flight engineer on the International Space Station, had to first pass a space suit verification test — which includes sitting for 2 hours in a pressurized suit and Soyuz seat.
3. Now, get to really understand your space suit.
There are about 17 parts to a space suit and each plays an important part in keeping an astronaut safe, like their EVA gloves that protect their hands from getting too cold in space.
4. Get your space motion sickness out of the way!
A lot of astronauts experience space motion sickness during the first few days in space. In order to adapt beforehand, they undergo numerous exercises.
5. Are you ready? It’s launch day!
Space Shuttle OV-104 “Atlantis,” was NASA’s fourth space shuttle. It weighed over 151,315 pounds and made its first flight in 1985. With 33 missions accomplished, the space shuttle was retired in 2011.
6. Meet the sun. Yes, it really does look like this.
7. Get ready to have your jaw drop.
The aurora borealis, known to many as the Northern Lights, is the result from “gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere [colliding] with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere.”
8. Time to do some maintenance work — IN SPACE!
Spacewalks can last from five to eight hours and are done to do a variety of activities from running experiments in space to fixing satellites and other objects.
9. Time to sleep? Okay, take a little nap.
Kph stands for kilometers per hour and in this scenario, the astronauts are traveling at 173,980 miles per hour!
10. Feeling well rested? Here’s a good morning from the sun again!
The spurting plasma is an almost daily occurrence on the sun and is due to “powerful magnetic forces near the sun’s surface.”
11. Frustrated with the world cup? Play some soccer!
Microgravity is what makes astronauts appear like they are falling in space, when in fact, they are just free falling without any “acceleration.”
12. Now, casually observe the weather.
The International Space Station (ISS) is a research house for astronauts that orbits around the Earth.
13. Don’t forget to watch the moon — it’s not really made out of cheese ya know!
The tiny speck is the ISS orbiting the moon! The ISS circles the Earth in 90 minutes when it travels at 4.8 miles per second.
14. Want to relax? Just watch this for a bit.
The colors of the aurora borealis lights are dependent on what the “type of molecules that solar wind particles collide with when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere.” The green colors here are due to a collision with oxygen. Red or blue is with nitrogen and blue and purple is due to helium.
15. It is a small world after all!
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) is a satellite launched by NASA investigating the chromosphere of the sun.
16. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables!
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