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A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station

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Cartoon of the International Space StationSpeak with astronauts in orbit.
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Cartoon of an astronaut looking through a large camera at EarthTake pictures of Earth from the ISS.
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Cartoon of a man talking on a HAM radioSpeak with astronauts via ham radio.
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Exercising in Space

Cartoon man runs on treadmill, eats a sandwich and holds an electronic gadgetCrew members must exercise every day to prevent bone and muscle loss. Image Credit: Fred Sayers

Exercise is an important part of the daily routine for astronauts aboard the station to prevent bone and muscle loss. On average, astronauts exercise two hours per day. The equipment they use is different than what we use on Earth. Lifting 200 pounds on Earth may be a lot of work, but in space it is easy. The 200 pounds appear to weigh nothing. Therefore, exercise equipment needs to be specially designed for use in space so astronauts will receive the workout needed.

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Page Last Updated: October 16th, 2014
Page Editor: Sandra May