While covering the Orion launch for StarTalk Radio, our Social Media Coordinator Stacey Severn interviewed NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and asked her questions provided by our fans on Facebook. Cady discusses the role astronauts have in planning missions to the ISS and the Orion test flight, the biggest hurdle to establishing a permanent human presence in space, long term effect of zero gravity on astronauts, going to Mars, and what can be learned by playing with your food in micro-gravity.
When a fan asks if a fish could swim in a water bubble floating in zero-g in the ISS, guest astronaut Mike Massimino says, “Yes, we’ve done it with Swedish Fish.” After comic co-host Eugene Mirman points out that candy fish don’t count, guest host Bill Nye and Astro Mike discuss the interaction of water, surface tension, animals and air bubbles in zero-g.
If there were a medical emergency on the International Space Station, is there a doctor aboard? (Or a veterinarian?) And if it were really bad, how quickly could the injured astronaut get back to Earth aboard a Soyuz “life boat?” Would you believe us if we said 2 hours or less? How about if NASA astronaut and veteran of 2 space shuttle flights Mike Massimino said it? Join guest host Astro Mike and comic co-host Chuck Nice as they answer a fan’s Cosmic Query in this exclusive YouTube video.