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Media reports about the discovery of an air leak on the ISS using a tea bag is rubbish, according to Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov. In an interview with Gazeta.Ru, he said that the journalists had misinterpreted the negotiations between the Russian station crew and the MCC specialists. “This is rubbish. Nothing was found with any tea bags. Here, of ...


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ISSpresso is indeed no longer on the ISS I find it a bit amusing how this question is not difficult because of "how hot drinks are made on the ISS", but because of "what is espresso really?". Hot drinks onboard the ISS are made by pouring hot water from one of two dispensers, either on the Russian or American side, into bags of powder or ...


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I don't have the exact context but he appears to be wearing the Sokol spacesuit. It is used when launching to or returning from space with the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He only did his last mission (Expedition 35) with the Soyuz. This being the one where he was the ISS Commander.


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Fruit and vegetables are two food groups missing from the list. Fruit could be processed and turned into a low moisture gel prior to travel. Something like fruit rolls ups, but with less sugar and healthier, or even a stiff jam as used for cooking or baking. Dehydrated vegetables could be used, even dehydrated fruits. Protein will be provided by both the ...


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I've found article about superstitions of Russian cosmonauts (in Russian). I'm not sure all the information is authentic. Probably some parts are legends and not practiced superstitions. Please read this with some doubt. My translation: Cosmonauts are considered perhaps the most superstitious people on the planet. Traditionally, they take a wormwood twig ...


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While the overall scope is too broad, let me address the "low energy transfer" part. Firstly, the idea of "gradually increasing apogee" doesn't save you any fuel. Chandrayaan-2 did that because of limited thrust. The only saving to be had here is picking an engine with a slightly lower mass. Secondly, a "ballistic capture", as ...


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If I don't worry about morale This is where the list starts to go wrong. Psychological health is not somehow entire disconnected from the rest of the functions of the body. Severely limited ("boring") dietary options hurts morale in a major way, which has easily measurable physical effects on health. What the list is missing is: Occasional ...


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