We’ve all seen photos and clips of the International Space Station (ISS), but you’ll really get to experience what living there is like when you take the video tour with astronaut Suni Williams. Williams, commander of the Expedition 33 crew that returned to Earth last November after a 4-month stint in space, worked with fellow astronaut Kevin Ford, to create the video days before her departure.
Although 25 minutes long, I got hooked after the first minute and couldn’t stop watching. She gives a great tour and explains everything in easy-to-understand language. You’ll learn about the food, exercise equipement, sleeping quarters and bathroom as you “swim” along with Suni from one node to the next inside the ISS.
Wait till you see Earth in the cupola’s windows. Or the exercise bike where you don’t need a seat. No seat? In zero-G, as long as your feet are locked in the toeclips, you can ride a seatless bike without falling on your butt. If you don’t care to watch the video straight through, you can view it in four separate episodes that include additional footage HERE.
There are still a few ISS passes in the coming days for U.S. observers. They all happen in morning twilight. If you’d like to find pass times for your town, click HERE and type in your zip code or simply have NASA drop you an e-mail with time and directions. Sign up for the free service at Spot the Station.
The times below are when the ISS will be visible across the Duluth, Minn. region. In a couple weeks, the station will return to the evening sky.
* Monday Jan.28 starting at 7:08 a.m. appearing low in the east-southeast
* Tuesday Jan. 29 at 6:18 a.m. Low pass across the south
* Wednesday Jan. 30 at 5:30 a.m. Brief appearance low in the south-southeast