Between repairing the toilets and saving the cynia, it turned out that Scott Kelly was an astronaut with a great sense of humor, which is not a shame to hang out with. He is currently making an annual flight to the International Space Station, which is twice as long as usual. He decided to share his impressions last week by organizing a “Ask What You Want” session on Reddit. Part of his answers was very sweet, he answered some questions with humor, but all contained fascinating information about unexpected aspects of the astronaut's life in space. Read on to find out his views on acid and urine, Klingon technology and David Bowie.
Beware of the Klingons!
One of the youngest participants in the session on Reddit was Simon, who was only five years old. He wondered if the rogue ship would be able to sneak up on the ISS unnoticed and dock.
Kelly's answer makes us think about the Klingons from the Star Trek franchise (“Star Trek”). According to him, an alien ship with a specific gateway could easily do it. An ordinary spacecraft cannot do this. But even if he had a similar gateway, which does not exist, the United States Air Force would be able to fix its approach.
Acid, urine and other toilet nightmares
We think of astronauts as brave guys, but perhaps their courage has nothing to do with what we see in films like “Martian” or “Gravity”. According to Kelly, the most disgusting job he did was associated with ... the toilet.
Recently, he had to clean a spherical capacity of about four liters, filled with a mixture of urine and acid, which is added so that urine does not erode the mechanisms that push it into the system, which, in turn, prevents clogging.
Crossed arms do not yet say that he is a gangster!
If Kelly had a military education, you could be forgiven for thinking of him as a harsh sea pilot. But it turns out that we are talking about simple physics. And human psychology.
According to him, he feels awkward when they soar in front of him. He is much more comfortable when they are crossed.
To which another user replied: “Wow, I never thought about it from that angle. I just thought you were a gangster. ”
Cosmos can harm you in the most bizarre way.
We think of weightlessness as something pleasant for astronauts. They can push off the walls with a simple touch, do something effortlessly, and simply float into their sleeping bag, going to the side. But, besides the fact that it harms the bones and muscles, weightlessness causes corns, which are formed in unusual places. According to Kelly, the skin of the upper part of his foot looked like a crocodile. He uses the upper part of the foot to cling to a special “handhold” for the legs as he moves through the space station.
His favorite song performed by David Bowie has nothing to do with space
After the death of David Bowie, which happened not so long ago, space fans were nostalgic about how many references to space were in his songs, starting from “Space Oddity”, ending with “Star Man” (“Starman”). He even had an album with the most remarkable mention of the cosmos of all time (“The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”).
But what about the most favorite song Kelly from the Brit award catalog? It turns out that this is “Modern Love”. The song is about disappointment with modern life, about the need to work hard for a piece of bread. But it seems to us that our day and work are still very important things in space.