Questions tagged [astronauts]

Questions regarding people present on spacecraft or space stations.

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Is exposure to cosmic radiation more dangerous on some body parts than on other?

Radiation causes genetic mutation and every (human) cell in our body have the same genes. But on Earth we don't get cancer as often in the foot as in the genitals or in the brain. Some parts of our ...
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Will a Dragon v2 ever bring 7 astronauts to the ISS?

The Dragon v2 has 7 seats whereas the Soyuz only has 3. But the Soyuz uses all 3 seats for astronauts/cosmonauts to bring to the ISS. I suspect that Dragon v2 will bring 3-4 people to the ISS in one ...
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Does NASA hire foreign nationals as astronauts?

I've dreamed about it ever since I was six, and where I live people laugh at me when I tell them about this because for one, no one's ever been an astronaut in my country and two, I'm a girl. But I'll ...
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How do astronauts sleep in zero G?

Perhaps this is a strange question but I've always wondered how astronauts, particularly those aboard the ISS, sleep in zero G. Do they just hang out in "space" or do they have beds they strap ...
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Do astronauts get Netflix on ISS?

I've been wondering about the internet connection on the ISS, and how it's used. We were talking in chat about astronauts personal belongings and free time, and it made me wonder about how they use ...
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ISS: Procedure in case of collision warning

In case of collision warning occurring to the ISS, if ISS can't be moved the procedure is to go to a Soyuz and wait. Can anyone gives details about the procedure? Is the Soyuz hermetically closed ...
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Was Valentina Tereshkova pregnant while in space?

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space. I have been reading the book called "The Astronaut Wives club". In it, they discuss women flying in space, and mention that Valentina was the first ...
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Is it possible for a human to walk on an asteroid?

"We’ll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for the first time in history" (President Barack Obama on Space Exploration in the 21st Century".) With a very low gravity, an asteroid is not ...
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How many astronauts never got to fly in space in their astronaut career?

We know that many people who take astronaut training and become astronauts may never get to fly to space at all. How many astronauts (number or %, or both) have never flown to space in their ...
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How do astronauts overcome the boredom from “the daily routine”?

When I was flying in the plane the other day, I just noticed how many systems checks are completed before the plane even takes off. This makes sense, considering how many human lives depend on it. ...
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How do jetpacks work in space?

I've seen in some videos of astronauts that they used to use a jetpack type system to maneuver in the vacuum of space around the ISS and other satellites using pressurized gas. From Wikipedia ...
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Lunar astronauts and freezing temperatures

How do astronauts walking on the moon keep their waste body fluids from freezing in the extremely cold environment? I understand that if they need to release waste body fluids, they do so into ...
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Plankton found outside the ISS, what is the substance in that claim?

There's been a news article around claiming that cosmonauts have found sea plankton on the outside of the international space station, for example here. Is there any substance to this claim? Have any ...
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How are astronauts protected from radiation in a spacecraft?

How are astronauts protected from radiation (alpha, beta, gamma rays, uv rays) by their spacecraft? Is the spacecraft built in a special material?
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Is it possible to bring “nothing” back from space?

I think the ultimate souvenir would be not a moon rock or a martian, but space "nothing", but I wonder if this is physically possible... Can an astronaut go out to space with an open container, close ...
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Do astronauts go on a random banter with mission control like in the film 'Gravity'?

In the film 'Gravity', astronauts can be seen having casual chat with mission control. Do astronauts do that in real life? Do they have any specific policy that states what can be communicated over ...
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Why do we differentiate between astronauts and cosmonauts?

And how tenable is this distinction now that a third space agency carries out manned flights (China), and others are poised to follow? I can think of no other profession/job title where this ...
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Does a persons weight effect their potential selection to be an astronaut?

Every extra bit of weight cost extra to send to orbit. Presumably it also impacts the possible payload. Assuming a generally healthy build, and otherwise physically able and fit person. In ...
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What are the consequences if an astronaut's helmet gets damaged during a spacewalk?

Note: This has become a frequently asked question. Some related situations which have been regarded as duplicates of this question include these: Leaving vehicle / going outside without spacesuit or ...
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If a human is being sent to space in a rocket, does the seating angle matter?

All manned spacecraft have had seats in an "on-back" angle for launch. What is the benefit of this seating position for a manned spacecraft launch?
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Why did NASA discontinue use of the MMU?

One of the comments on this recent question touched on the use of the Manned Maneuvering Unit. It seemed like a good idea at the time: a system that would allow astronauts to do EVA without being ...
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How would one come up with an optimal team-size for a manned interplanetary mission?

How big would a manned ascent stage for Mars need to be? assumes 3 astronauts. That question appears to draw inspiration from the Apollo programme, and the Soyuz evolution. Part of the rationale ...
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Is the use of “former” with astronauts really necessary?

When reading space exploration related articles, I often come across the use of "former" to classify astronaut's status. NASA even puts "former astronauts" as a separate classification on their pages, ...
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How would one go about proving humans have really been to outer space?

Background: I am 40 years old, and in my entire life the only face to face eyewitness event that I can remember where humans actually observed an attempt to fly into outer space, the craft exploded ...
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Are all crew on board a spacecraft trained to handle flight-systems?

Spaceflightnow.com writes to say (Edited to apply my highlights) "The improvements are rather significant," Kelly said in a NASA interview. "The displays that the cosmonauts and myself ...
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What would happen if a mutiny occurred on the International Space Station?

Historically, mutiny has often occurred in close-quarter situations. While the International Space Station (ISS) is not a military operation, the term mutiny is often used to refer any sort of ...
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Do astronauts qualify to be calculated for hazardous duty in their pay?

Earlier today a grotesque incident occurred. My attempt to navigate to SOHO was redirected instead to this notice which wrote to say Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is ...
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Size of Apollo era astronauts

I had read that the early astronauts were all 'short guys'. This made a lot of sense. A short man can have as much stamina and endurance as a large man, yet eat less, consume less oxygen & (...
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Will the foot print of Neil Armstrong erode?

The Moon has a very thin (practically non-existent) atmosphere so the foot print left by Neil Armstrong won't be eroded for centuries. But there are solar winds. Is it possible that solar wind would ...
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Is it possible to perform the Galileo's Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment on the Moon?

Since the Moon has no atmosphere, is it possible to perform the Galileo's Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment on its surface? Has any astronaut performed anything similar?
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What were Prince Sultan's duties in STS-51-G?

Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud was the first (and so far only) Saudi astronaut, and was included in the crew of STS-51-G as a payload specialist representing Arabsat. Does that mean his role was ...
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What can an astronaut do better than the Curiosity rover? [closed]

Firstly, I want to say that I'd be the first person with their hand up when asked, "So who wants to go to space?". There's nothing I'd love more than to go. But from looking at the amount of ...
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Has a non-space treaty citizen ever been in orbit?

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967, according to Wikipedia is ratified by any country with a chance of getting there - Article VI Makes each member country responsible for it's citizens actions. Article ...
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How many astronauts have reported an alien encounter of some kind?

This question will be controversial, so I want to start out by saying that I am not advocating any sort of conspiracy. I'm merely acknolwedging the fact that there are numerous claims that some ...
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Do only Eagles walk on the moon?

Neil Armstrong was an Eagle Scout and the first person to walk on the moon. I have heard that everyone who has walked on the moon (through 2012), was an Eagle Scout. Is it true? If so other then ...
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Do astronauts on board the ISS have a backup spacesuit?

Do astronauts on the International Space Station have a backup spacesuit with them so that they could use it in case of any malfunction with one of the spacesuits? If so, how many spacesuits does ...
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Do ISS astronauts have to be conversant in both English and Russian?

I've noticed that some of the American astronauts on the ISS can speak (at least a smattering of) Russian and similarly, some of the Russian cosmonauts are fluent in English. Is such bilinguality a ...
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If I want to be an astronaut pilot, what career should I start?

What kind of career should I start if I want to be an astronaut pilot? First astronauts were military aircraft pilots. Since those days, automatic flying was present in the spacecraft so that someone ...
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How do astronauts drink or eat in space?

As there is zero gravity in space, how do astronauts drink liquid from a container? Do they suck the liquid or is there any mechanism for that? Are there any changes in oesophagus?
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Do the majority of astronauts experience space sickness while adapting to micro-gravitational conditions?

Do the majority of astronauts (and cosmonauts) experience nausea, or symptoms of space sickness while adapting to micro-gravitational conditions? How severe are their symptoms and how much they vary ...
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Do astronauts experience any genetic changes?

Staying in space is different from staying on Earth. When astronauts return to Earth from orbit, they usually suffer from muscle loss. Are there any genetic (abnormal) changes in their cells or in ...
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Was Gordon Cooper the last man to fly a whole mission in space alone?

Movie The Right Stuff (1983) claims at the end that Gordon Cooper was the last man to fly alone in space (if I remember it correctly and dubbing is right). Beside that, Wikipedia also states that he ...
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What is the highest number of humans in space at the same time and what vessels were they on when it happened?

What is the highest number of human beings in space at the same time, and what vessels were they on when it happened?
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How are the symptoms of long-term exposure to microgravity similar to those of bedridden patients?

A large number of symptoms of long duration stays in microgravity seem to be associated with the headward shift of organs and blood. I've always wondered, couldn't these symptoms also happen in ...
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Is it possible to prevent muscular atrophy in microgravity with proper exercises?

Is it possible to prevent muscular atrophy in microgravity (space station, spacecraft etc.) by proper exercises? Urban dwellers here on Earth can train/develop arm muscles to the equivalent of their ...
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What medical conditions can impede someone from going into space?

Are there any physical, mental, or health-related medical conditions that could permanently exclude someone from going into space? Do the criteria differ from one country's (government sponsored or ...

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