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Sailors of the Sky: MJ Talks to Astronauts

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

The word “astronaut” comes from the Greek words meaning “space sailor,” a perfect way to describe the job, and a very poetic one. Mishpacha Junior takes a peek into the world of those privileged people who “sail in space”…

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Sunita Williams served as a flight engineer on the International Space Station (see sidebar) from December 11, 2006, to June 22, 2007.While she was there, she set new world records for spacewalking — she did four spacewalks totaling 29 hours and 17 minutes, and spent 195 days in space.

 

How do you see in space? How dark is it?

“One  sees very clearly, as there is no atmosphere to blur the view. The stars and moon are very clear when you look out to the darkness of space. Space is very dark black. But when the sun comes up, it illuminates the planet and the moon. Then there is quite a bit of light and you can feel its warmth.”

 

How do you sleep? Do you have beds? Do you sleep the same amount of time as you do on Earth?

“We sleep in sleep stations. These are little rooms that each of us have. They are like the size of a refrigerator. In there we have our personal items (pictures) and a sleeping bag. The sleeping bag is tied to the wall so we don’t float all over the place. We usually try to sleep about eight hours.”

 

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