ESA astronauts train even after they land on Earth

Credit: NASA - Thomas Pasquet
Credit: NASA - Thomas Pasquet

News! ESA astronauts train even after they land on Earth. One example is Thomas Pasquet, the former commander of the ISS (International Space Station), before returning to Earth on November 8, 2021. More details about the returning to the Earth: Thomas Pasquet spent 199 days on the ISS and conducted various experiments and projects coordinated by ESA, NASA and other space agencies. Among the most important projects is the Alpha mission, which he successfully completed two days before coming to Earth. It even went out into space to replace one of the ISS components on the outside. To stay in space for 199 days and do such experiments and missions, he needed time and daily training. Usually the astronauts who are taken on the ISS, train even for years to be able to resist. 

Many people believe that after they come to Earth, they don't have to do anything or they don't need training. If you think so, then you are wrong. The conditions outside the Earth are different and vice versa, the conditions in space are different from those on Earth. This means that astronauts must do training, before a flight, to withstand space conditions. But they also have to train when they come from space. This is also proved by Thomas Pasquet, through a video distributed by ESA on instagram, how he does sports even on weekends. 

He wrote in the post: "Been working non-stop after landing, even on the weekend! Despite exercising two hours a day in space, six months of weightlessness made our muscles lazy, our bones weaker and our sense of balance is a bit off. I am returning to normal faster than after my first mission Proxima, but there is no escaping gym day (in between the medical exams, debriefings, and scientific data collection). The exercises that felt easy before the mission are now a little more difficult! "

Even if the conditions in space and on Earth are different, why do astronauts have to train so much (even on weekends)? If we refer only to the different conditions between space and earth, then astronauts should not train that much, but other factors arise. The conditions of the cosmos also bring slightly negative effects to the astronauts, who need to exercise and exercise daily. First of all, after about 199 days spent in space, you start to lose a few kg. Besides, you are very tired and in the first nights after returning it is difficult for you to sleep. Then there are food problems. There is no amount of food on the ISS and there are no food sources. There the food is a little different (even if is create on Earth), it's a special food. That is, there are eating vegetables, fruits, and meat, but most things are pastries, preserves, and small, light foods that keep you hungry for a long time.

Coming to Earth, it's very hard for you to start eating things you haven't eaten on the ISS. So most astronauts, after such long missions, eat "very healthy", meaning a lot of fruits and vegetables, less meat. Of course, in time they will get used to food on Earth again. But these negative factors are physical, but in very rare cases, they can also develop psychiatric problems after returning to Earth. These are due to the sudden change and due to the different perceptions of the astronauts about these changes. Many scientific experiments have been done to see how to avoid this situation of stress, anxiety, etc. Scientists have concluded that people who do sports regularly or at least twice a week have a low risk of developing stress, anxiety, etc. . They argued that sports help people focus more and not even become anxious or depressed. So, the best way for an astronaut to resume his normal life on Earth is to do sports and eat as healthy as possible. 

We wish success to astronaut Thomas Pasquet at ESA, NASA, and all astronauts.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 23 November 2021, at 07:46 am Los Angeles time

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