Requisite space selfie

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Saturday, January 14th, 2017
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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (Copyright: ESA/NASA)

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet during his first spacewalk, on Friday 13 January 2017. Together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, he spent five hours and 58 minutes outside the Space Station to complete a battery upgrade to the outpost’s power system.

Thomas commented on this picture: "The requisite space selfie! Nice reflection of Earth in the helmet. Unbelievable feeling to be your own space vehicle…"

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(Copyright: ESA/NASA)

Yesterday at 01:23, Thomas Pesquet got Inside the station, research in full swing: Peggy Whitson and Oleg Novitsky working on the Fluid Shifts experiment. More than half of astronauts experience changes in their vision and even our eyeballs can change shape during a long-duration spaceflight. Researchers who look into this kind of thing think it is because living without gravity makes the fluids in our bodies move towards the head – increasing the pressure in our brain that pushes our eyes into a different shape. The Fluid Shifts experiment measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body to investigate further.

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