In January, I covered the new season of NASA Explorers. This season (their fourth) focuses on space science and microgravity. In concert with the latest episode (inlined below), the NASA Explorers team posted, exclusively to their Facebook page, a behind-the-scenes interview with astronaut and space scientist, Don Pettit.
On this week’s #NASAExplorers episode, we spent time with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor as she conducted science aboard the International Space Station. To give you a different behind-the-scenes look at station science, we spoke with three-time spaceflight veteran, NASA astronaut Don Pettit.
Posted by NASA Explorers on Friday, March 6, 2020
Standing in a standard Earth gravity mock-up of the Destiny lab aboard the station, Pettit and NASA Explorers' Rachel Barry talk about the explorations of the past, present, and the future. There are some interesting moments here, like how long-term oceanic voyages of the past also taught us about the human body under such stressful conditions and how to better prepare it for future voyages. Understanding the blight of scurvy during such voyages opened up our whole understanding of vitamins and diet.
Don also talks about future generations being born and growing up in space, in microgravity, and thus having a completely different perception of spatial relationships and how this might even change the way they think and solve problems.
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With the experiment samples’ journey back to Earth complete, our scientists are heading back to the lab!