Space Tourist Reveals ‘Unusual Training’ for ISS Mission

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A billionaire businessman heading to the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) this week has revealed some uncommon coaching routines for his upcoming mission.

Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa, who made his fortune in on-line style retail, is believed to have paid tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} to experience aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS on Wednesday, December 8. He’s additionally the man hoping to go on a flyby of the moon in 2023.

Touring with video producer Yozo Hirano, who will doc this month’s journey, and veteran cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, the trio will spend 11 days aboard the orbiting outpost earlier than returning to Earth.

The six-hour journey to the area station will start with a rocket launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Sharing mission preparations along with his social media followers, Maezawa lately tweeted three actions titled “uncommon coaching in Russia.”

The primary one concerned putting a wood block beneath the legs of his mattress to get blood flowing right down to his head when he slept.

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Uncommon coaching in Russia ①

Place a wood block beneath the legs of the mattress to tilt it. Get the blood flowing right down to your head and sleep in that place.#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/KF1Fpx35yC

— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) November 27, 2021

The second concerned every day video games of badminton, which apparently hammered Maezawa’s knees and hips.

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Uncommon coaching in Russia ②

2 weeks earlier than launch and for some motive we began taking part in badminton on a regular basis. It’s enjoyable so it’s okay however my knees and hips are paying for it…
third miss already…#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/T3H2NxjnIj

— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) November 27, 2021

And the third involving a spinning chair, which, regardless of wanting like an outing on a youngsters’s merry-go-round, Maezawa described as “the toughest coaching ever performed.”

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Uncommon coaching in Russia ③

The spinning chair – nearly appears like torture. Some cosmonauts say it’s obligatory, some say it’s not. Both approach, it’s the toughest coaching ever performed.

※Warning: eyes shall be spinning simply by watching#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/ARzh7yaXXk

— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) November 27, 2021

Whereas actions one and three seem like preparation for the microgravity circumstances that Maezawa and his fellow vacationers will expertise aboard the area station, the badminton video games appear geared towards enhancing common health forward of the journey. It actually appears unlikely that Maezawa shall be taking part in badminton aboard the ISS, although it’s value remembering that a number of years in the past a number of visiting astronauts did try a recreation of “area tennis” inside one of many station’s modules.

Maezawa’s six-month coaching regime additionally concerned a weightless flight that noticed him spun round like an plane propeller. It’s not clear if the high-speed rotation was an integral a part of the coaching program (maybe to simulate a spacecraft spinning uncontrolled) or the instructors simply having amusing.

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Skilled zero-gravity for the primary time! Was laborious to make use of my palms and toes at first, however was so enjoyable after I acquired used to it! Laborious to think about being on this atmosphere for 12 days however so excited 😆#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/qYoOZsSxSZ

— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) October 4, 2021

On Sunday, the businessman posted a photograph of the rocket that can take him and his two fellow passengers to area. “Simply ready for the time to come back,” Maezawa wrote.

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The Soyuz rocket is all ready.

MZ can also be all ready.

Simply ready for the time to come back.#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/Y9RcUDf0lQ

— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) December 6, 2021

Maezawa and Hirano would be the newest in a rising variety of non-professional astronauts to expertise orbital journeys in a brand new period of economic area journey. Simply a few months in the past a Russian filmmaker and actor spent nearly two weeks aboard the ISS, recording scenes for a film referred to as Problem, whereas in September SpaceX despatched an all-civilian crew into orbit for 3 days.

The subsequent journey of be aware involving newbie astronauts is ready for January 2022 and can use SpaceX {hardware} to take 4 crewmembers to the ISS on a mission organized by area tourism firm Axiom.

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