The crew of private astronauts on the International Space Station said they were too busy. The other astronauts were interrupted by it.
A report published yesterday by SpaceNews tells us what Larry, Mark, Michael, and Eytan thought about their trip to the International Space Station. The trip was extended to 15 because of the weather on Earth. The crew still felt rushed despite the extra time being helpful.
The timelines were very aggressive, especially early on in the mission, according to the man who commanded the mission.
The private astronauts paid over $50 million for the trip, but it was definitely a working vacation. Testing self-assembling robot tech, working with stem cells and creating holograms with Microsoft were some of the experiments done by the crew. Michael Suffredini, president and chief executive of Axiom Space, said that the company will better integrate future missions so nobody is disrupted. Future flights should last up to 60 days, according to Suffredini. It is possible that the company's changes will make missions less jam-packed and lead to more time to stop and smell the solar system.
We needed the extra time to enjoy the experience because we were so focused on research and outreach in the first 8 or 10 days.
It's easy to forget that astronauts do actual work and don't just float around for fun. Many people are tasked with scientific research.
Even though the office isn't on Earth, a healthy work-life balance is important.
There is more on life on the International Space Station.