Yusaku Maezawa is having plenty of enjoyable exhibiting off what life is like on the International Space Station.
The Japanese billionaire has been sharing clips of his orbital experiences on the International Space Station by way of YouTube, showcasing all the things from the way to carry out abnormal actions in microgravity to the clothes he’s sporting to the wonderful view out the window
Maezawa, video producer Yozo Hirano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin arrived at the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Dec. 8. The three space vacationers will return to Earth Sunday night (Dec. 19) and you may comply with their touchdown reside on-line.
Maezawa paid his personal manner and that of Hirano, reserving their journey by means of the Virginia firm Space Adventures. (Misurkin did not should pay; he works for Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space company.)
You can see all of Maezawa’s movies by way of his mission’s YouTube page here. The first video beneath exhibits off the bathroom that is accessible on the Russian aspect of the space station. Maezawa offers an intensive rationalization of the way to handle “No. 1” utilizing a hose and loads of sanitation wipes. He additionally offers recommendation about the way to keep away from disagreeable smells and messes. (If you do not converse Japanese, activate the subtitles to see the English translation.)
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In one other video, Maezawa exhibits the view from one of many Russian modules. (He’s unable to get to the Cupola on the American aspect of the space station until he is accompanied by a cosmonaut, and time in orbit is treasured for skilled astronauts, whose day by day schedules are normally packed.)
“I’m truly proper beside this window that exhibits Earth very clearly,” Maezawa stated within the video. “There’s a lot of backlight, but can you see? I think a lot of people ask, ‘Is it actually that blue?’ or ‘Is it really round?’ but as you can see, it really is round and it really is blue. Truly beautiful.”
Next up is a five-minute clip exhibiting simply how sophisticated it’s to brush one’s enamel in space. “I’m the type that uses a lot,” Maezawa jokes whereas squirting toothpaste fastidiously on his toothbrush. While his mouth remains to be full, he realizes that he forgot to organize a moist washcloth to assist clear up afterwards, which induces some enjoyable changes on-camera. We’ll allow you to watch the clip in order to not spoil the shock.
There are all kinds of the way to benefit from the microgravity expertise, as one other clip exhibits. Maezawa guarantees at first to drift quietly and “not move a single finger,” which truly induces a little bit of drift as a consequence of air currents passing by means of the space station.
After retaining his eyes closed, the brand new spaceflyer opens them and has a second of confusion: “I have no idea what direction I’m facing right now,” he says, which rapidly prompts a mirrored image on the challenges of people adapting to space.
This subsequent video is a dialogue of the patches on Maezawa’s flight swimsuit and a few of the firms that helped him earn the cash he used to purchase his manner into space.
Here we be taught just a little extra about numerous gadgets of clothes Maezawa introduced with him on his orbital journey.
And this clip exhibits the fun and challenges of taking photographs whereas aboard a shifting spaceship. It appears like Maezawa managed to get nice views of Manhattan in his long-lens digital camera.
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