Life in Orbit: The International Space Station

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Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Permanent Exhibition
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What is it like to live in space? This exhibition tells the story of daily life aboard the marvel of technology that is the International Space Station (ISS). Find out how the space station stays up in space. Learn how the ISS works -- through the eyes of the astronauts who’ve lived there -- and see some of the items from the Space station like a space toilet and exercise equipment.

Discover how astronauts live and play in a micro-gravity environment (they float around!). Marvel at the important research performed high above the earth, and Canada’s role and place in the international Space program.

Full of interactive experiences for all ages -- visitors can experience what it’s like to climb inside the ISS, try on a space helmet and then take the ultimate “selfie” from inside the space station’s iconic Cupola.

Developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for the Canadian Space Agency.

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hi I'm Jeremy Hansen an astronaut with
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the Canadian Space Agency have you ever
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wondered what it would be like to live
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on the International Space Station while
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the life in orbit exhibition at the
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Canadian aviation and Space Museum is a
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great way to find it follow me even the
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simplest things in life like eating
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going to the bathroom or even sleeping
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can be more challenging on the
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International Space Station you'll see
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how astronauts use special sleeping bags
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and velcro in a sleep station to keep
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themselves in one location in
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microgravity did you know that the
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International Space Station is actually
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a giant laboratory and the astronauts
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are scientists at any given moment over
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a hundred experiments are being
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conducted in biology health and new
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technologies to bring benefit to life
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here on earth
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sometimes astronauts have to go outside
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the space station to make repairs and to
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do that we need the special suit the
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extra regular mobility unit that allows
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us to work in the vacuum of space
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and it even comes with this impressive
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tool
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life in microgravity on the
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International Space Station involves two
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hours of exercise every day for
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astronauts with equipment like this to
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ensure that their muscles and bones
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remain in good shape for when they come
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back to Earth's gravity
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life on the space station isn't all work
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astronauts of course take breaks and
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they spend a lot of their time in a
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place that looks exactly like this we
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call it the cupola and it provides an
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incredible vantage point of our planet
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you may even recognize some of the
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photos astronauts have been sending us
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from space drop by the Canadian aviation
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and Space Museum to learn more about
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life in orbit on the International Space
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Station