• Question: what is life like on the iss?

    Asked by chloe to Alex, Andrew, Delma, Julia, Simon on 7 Dec 2015.
    • Photo: Julia Attias

      Julia Attias answered on 7 Dec 2015:

      Hi @568nch28,

      Life on the ISS is busy!!! Their time is set to the same as ours (GMT) so if its 1pm here, it is 1pm there 🙂

      The astronauts are super busy every day packed with lots of experiments to do, and 2.5 hours of exercise every day to keep them healthy! They have time for meals though like us, and of course sleep through the night. They also have the weekends off to have some personal time, talk to their family, and participate in outreach activities engaging with the public.

    • Photo: Andrew Winnard

      Andrew Winnard answered on 7 Dec 2015:

      This is a typical day on the ISS:

      Standard crew day:
      06:00 AM – Crew wake. Clean up, eat, read news and messages uplinked overnight.
      07:30 AM – Morning Daily Planning Conference (DPC). Astronauts and Cosmonauts sync up with Houston, Huntsville, Munich, Tskuba, and Moscow before executing their day.
      07:55 AM – Work prep, review procedures and gather stowage to support the day’s activities.
      08:15 AM – Crew available work time. Science experiments, preventative and corrective maintenance, visiting vehicle preparations, stowage operations, environment sampling (acoustics, surfaces, water), public affairs events, misc medical tasks including daily 2.5 hrs of exercise.
      01:00 PM – Lunch
      02:00 PM – Crew available work time (see above).
      06:15 PM – Evening work prep, review procedures and timeline for next day.
      07:05 PM – Evening DPC. Discuss comments/questions about the day executed. Brief highlight for changes to tomorrow’s plan (if required).
      07:30 PM – Dinner, relax, email, organize images for downlink, watch a movie, look at Earth!
      09:30 PM – Crew Sleep (8.5 hrs)

    • Photo: Alexander Finch

      Alexander Finch answered on 8 Dec 2015:

      I think the answers that Julia and Andrew are great 🙂