The International Space Station is bigger than you think


Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency has published an in-depth tour of the International Space Station, the first of its kind to be shot in 4K resolution.

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This is an amazing video, 25 minutes long that clearly shows the huge size of the station. All the videos so far were relatively short and showed a few units of the station. This of course is not the case, we would say the station is huge, and in today's video you will see at the bottom left, a very neat mini map that looks like a video game and shows where you are at the station at all times.

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet began his second term on the ISS on April 23, 2021, as part of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission. The tour is recorded with Pesquet speaking in French, although there are English subtitles if you need them.

As you will see, almost everything in the space station is glued to the wall using Velcro or straps. Otherwise, cameras, computers, space suits and all intermediates will float freely.

Many areas on the space station are used for storage and it is perfectly normal for astronauts to have to navigate these obstacles when crossing from point A to point B.

The tour also allows us to look through the portholes, getting a taste of the other parts of the space station, from the outside.

Despite the limitations, there are many amenities to keep astronauts safe. A refrigerator has recently been installed, and there is also an oven and dining area with standard condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. I even caught a glimpse of an NFL show on one of the laptops in the background.

It is interesting that after a while you will realize that there is virtually no up-down, right-left and it all depends on how things are placed around you, so that the eye is visually deceived. At some point it even shows a "bedroom" on the roof of the hallway !.

Because even with private space companies now in operation, it is unlikely that most of us will ever have the opportunity to visit space, let alone content with such videos.

Watch the video above and make sure you see it in full screen:

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