Astronaut Will Run London Marathon In Space

Posted: Dec 5 2015, 5:08am CST | by , Updated: Dec 5 2015, 7:28am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Astronaut will Run London Marathon in Space
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ISS astronaut Tim Peake will run marathon on treadmill in space while thousands of others will do so 400km below on Earth.

British astronaut Tim Peak will be among those thousands of runners who will participate in London Marathon in April but he will do it in a different way. The astronaut will strap himself into treadmill and run the 42 km distance while staying in space.

Astronauts require a top-notch physical condition to be aboard the International Space Station and to survive the harsh environment of outer space. That’s why they exercise many hours a day to keep their bones, muscles and heart strong and they can be as fit as an athlete.

Peake will head to ISS on December 15 but will participate in marathon in April next year. He will time his personal marathon for when the runner in London step on the starting line on Sunday April 24. Strapping himself into the treadmill will allow him to maintain a steady position instead of floating in space. Despite all that, running 250 miles above the Earth in a weightless environment is not an easy task.

“I have to wear a harness system that’s a bit similar to a rucksack. It has a waistbelt and shoulder straps. That has to provide quite a bit of downforce to get my body onto the treadmill so after about 40 minutes, that gets very uncomfortable.” Astronaut Tim Peake said.

Peake will have digital video in front of him which will enable him to see what is happening down on the streets of London.

“The thing I’m most looking forward to is that I can still interact with everybody down on Earth. I’ll be running it with the iPad and watching myself running through the streets of London whilst orbiting the Earth at 400km above the surface and going 27,000 km per hour.” Peak said.

Tim Peake already ran London Marathon in 1999 where he took more than three hours to finish the marathon but he will not try to beat his own record as his health is first and foremost thing for everyone part of the process including Tim himself.

“I don’t think I’ll be setting any personal bests. I’ve set myself a goal of anywhere between 3:30 to 4 hours.” Peake said.

Sunita Williams is the only other astronaut besides Tim Peake to have run a marathon in space. She ran the Boston Marathon on ISS in 2007.

Source: European Space Agency

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