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posted by Fnord666 on Friday December 15 2017, @10:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the how-many-astronauts-does-it-take dept.

Three astronauts on Thursday landed back on Earth after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.

A Russian Soyuz capsule with NASA's Randy Bresnik, Russia's Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency descended under a red-and-white parachute and landed on schedule at 2:37 p.m. local time (0837 GMT; 3:37 a.m. EST) on the vast steppes outside of a remote town in Kazakhstan.

The three were extracted from the capsule within 20 minutes and appeared to be in good condition.

Bresnik, Ryazansky and Nespoli spent 139 days aboard the orbiting space laboratory. The trio who arrived at the station in July contributed to hundreds of scientific experiments aboard the ISS and performed several spacewalks.

They left Alexander Misurkin, commander of the crew, and two Americans, Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, in charge.

Do you think astronauts on the ISS play a drinking game where they try to land toilet bombs on earth-bound targets? I would.


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  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:48AM (4 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:48AM (#610574)

    Spend a few months in orbit, return to Earth, and you have to be carried to the ambulance. Kinda puts a wet blanket on living on the moon, let alone going to Mars.

    My understanding is these folks work out while in orbit, but still can't walk when they come home.

    Makes you wonder what other insidious effects living in space has on your body. The Kelly twins gave some disturbing results, sad to say.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:12AM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:12AM (#610576) Journal

    Spend a few months in orbit, return to Earth, and you have to be carried to the ambulance. Kinda puts a wet blanket on living on the moon, let alone going to Mars.

    I'm not sure microgravity is comparable to 0.1654g (the Moon has the highest gravity of any known satellite in the solar system except Io [wikipedia.org] at 0.183g).

    We could have gotten a moon like Enceladus that only has about 1/15 of the Moon's gravity (but maybe a greater chance of containing life?).

    Mars is a special case because it has 0.376g but a much longer travel time to get there than the Moon.

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    • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:22AM

      by Snotnose (1623) on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:22AM (#610594)

      I'm not sure microgravity is comparable to 0.1654g

      We won't know until we try. I'm 59, send me and see what happens.

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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:27AM (1 child)

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:27AM (#610582) Homepage Journal

    I expect most people think that zero G has no ill effects but really it does. Were we to go to mars upon their return the astronauts would be mutants.

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    • (Score: 2, Funny) by khallow on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:50AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:50AM (#610587) Journal

      Were we to go to mars upon their return the astronauts would be mutants.

      By that standard, we're already horribly mutated bacteria. The concern is a bit late.