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Tim Peake completes London Marathon from orbit

by • April 24, 2016 • No Comments

British astronaut Tim Peake has that successfully accomplished the London Marathon whilst orbiting 400 km (248 miles) above the planet Earth aboard the International Space Station. Peake is only the 2nd astronaut to deplete a Marathon in space, alongside NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams, who took part in the Boston Marathon of the ISS back in 2007.

Peake set out at 10:00 GMT on Apr. 24 only as 33,000 members began their run at a lower place. The astronaut had previously accomplished the Marathon back in 1999, finishing with an astounding time of 3:18:50. In order to compete in the marathon, Tim was strapped into the T2 Colbert Treadmill located in Node-3 of the station’s Tranquility module.

The treadmill is created in such a way as to operate without shaking the rest of the space station, while providing enough downforce to the user so as to provide an enough facsimile of running on planet Earth.

Tim ran the marathon despite suffering of the detrimental consequences of over 18 weeks worth of muscle and bone loss sustained due to the microgravity environment prevailing on the ISS. Having evolved under the nurturing force of planet Earth’s gravity, our bodies are ill-equipped to deal with the microgravity conditions prevailing in low-planet Earth orbit. Astronauts suffer worthwhile bone and muscle loss while in space, owing to the decreased gravitational pressure of the space station environment.

Peake and other residents aboard the station adhere to a strict exercise regime created to combat the wasting consequences of microgravity. But, actually with these precautions, astronauts engaged in a next long haul journey to Mars and back can be forced to contend with severe performance degradation due to muscle and bone atrophy.

Originally, Tim had planned to deplete the marathon by sticking to a steady pace of 7.5 mph (12 km/h), but as the straps of the rig began to dig into the astronaut’s shoulders, he decided to up the rate, punishing his legs in the hope of saving his shoulders.

All the while Peake watched live coverage of the actuallyt, and observing the streets of London via the RunSocial app, thus adding a sense of connection to the vast crowd of runners back on planet Earth.

In the end, Tim finished the 42-km (26-mile) marathon with an astounding time of 3:35:21, well within the 3:30 – 4:00 timeframe he had set for himself prior to the actuallyt.

Source: ESA


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