UK astronaut Tim Peake runs marathon aboard space station


The 44-year-old tweeted this picture, from 250 miles up, on Sunday morning.

The ISS is circling the Earth at a relative velocity of 28,800km/h (17,900mph), so Major Peake is likely to cover about 100,000km (60,000mi) during his run. “It tends to float around your stomach”.

“Our breakfast tends to run out quite quickly too”. At nine miles I needed to calm. “It needs to be a good two or three hours after you’ve eaten”.

Medical experts at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany have the task of monitoring the expected 3.5 to 4 hour run, which is about eight times longer than normal space running exercises.

Speaking in a live link to a press conference on Earth, he revealed the time he did hope to run the marathon on Sunday and it is still pretty decent at around three-and-a-half to four hours – especially as he will have to run in that harness. Peake is wearing a harness that straps him to the space station’s treadmill while watching a virtual-reality video simulating the marathon course. If you know someone who is running the marathon, you can actually watch their progress on your phone in real time, using a tracking app.

“I’ll have my music to listen to and plenty of things to keep me motivated”.

“Being an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, the marathon gives me the flawless opportunity to raise awareness for the important work they do to help disadvantaged young people to get their lives back on track”. Guinness World Records says that’s a record for the fastest marathon in orbit.

It will be more than a few small steps for British astronaut Tim Peake, and a giant leap for the London Marathon.

“We recover more quickly from sprains and other muscular problems up here”, Tim added. It’s very unlikely he will better that time in space, with the current record belonging to Sunita Williams in 2007.

“I’d like to wish everyone taking part the best of luck with their investigations and I look forward to seeing some of the results”.

Spare a thought for Peake’s five crewmates aboard the space station, who are likely to have to put up with a slightly smellier colleague than normal after his record attempt. “That came on and I had a little bit of a smile because I had my nails painted for him as well”. That does the job for all of our personal hygiene. While Peake is running in the controlled environment of the space station, the thousands of people running in London will be doing so in chilly winds and showery weather.


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