Technology is a wonderful thing and you can tell it’s true when a NASA astronaut tweets all the way from space and answers questions from enthusiasts and the U.S. president himself. Whether you’re one to dream about becoming an astronaut yourself or just simply curious, Scott Kelly is now busy doing a live Q&A on Twitter.
The American astronaut is currently on the International Space Station (ISS) and will be staying there for one full year with the purpose of studying the effects of space on the human body. It’s basically an experiment during which his everyday life will be the same, only a long way away from his home planet.
After reports of space causing astronaut’s skin to thin and bones losing density, it stands to reason that they would want to explore the possible health consequences on the human body. Scott Kelly will be up there for a total of 12 months before he presents himself back to Earth in order to be examined.
However, that does not mean he will let himself get bored or lose contact with people from our planet. Instead, Kelly has been busying himself with taking stunning pictures from the ISS, including one of his own house. Admittedly, we all would if we were in his place.
Now, he has opened himself up for questions via Twitter with the #YearInSpace, answering each in part ranging from the more routine curiosities to the expected odd one here and there. Kelly has proven to be very popular so far, including amusing quips along with honesty and raw explanations of actual facts.
For example, he has shared a few details about living in outer space within his answers. When inquired how astronauts wash, Kelly explained that the shower is done through wet towels, which does indeed prove that life up there is not as glamorous as thought. Except the view is excellent.
He jokingly answered questions, explaining how a sneeze would have to be pointed in the right direction without gravity there and spoke about the tiresome process of disposing of urine. He also confirmed that Apple products are everywhere, admitting to answering the questions from an iPad, since they have no smartphones available up there.
During his leisure time, Kelly reads, watches TV, works out 6 times a week with bungee cords keeping him down on the treadmill, e-mails and talks with his family or friends. He had also confirmed that the sun is hot and bright, and looking at it is like… well, looking into the sun.
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