STS-135 (ISS assembly flight ULF7) was the 135th and final mission of the American Space Shuttle program. STS-135.
|Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center on July 21, 2011, bringing the Space Shuttle program to an end.|
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The mission marks the first time NASA has sent astronauts into space from U.S. soil since the end of the shuttle program in 2011. For nearly a decade, it has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets to get them there.
Only 3 people have died in space: Georgi Dobrovolski, Viktor Patsayev, and Vladislav Volkov. 3 cosmonauts on the Soyuz 11 mission who died in 1971 when returning from a Soviet space station. Their return capsule suffered an accidental decompression.
Cosmonauts Georgi Dobrovolski (left), Vladislav Volkov (middle), and Viktor Patsayev (right), the only three people to die in space, are featured on three USSR stamps. On June 29, the cosmonauts loaded back into the Soyuz 11 spacecraft and began their descent to Earth. And that’s when tragedy struck.
It is scheduled to be the longest human space mission launched from the United States. The Crew Dragon spacecraft is capable of staying in orbit for at least 210 days, as a NASA requirement.
Civilian astronaut salaries GS-11 astronauts average starting salary: $66,026 per year. GS-14 astronauts can earn up to $144,566 per year.
As of 2020, there have been 15 astronaut and 4 cosmonaut fatalities during spaceflight. Astronauts have also died while training for space missions, such as the Apollo 1 launch pad fire which killed an entire crew of three. There have also been some non-astronaut fatalities during spaceflight-related activities.
On Earth, farts are typically no big deal — smelly, harmless, and they quickly dissipate. But if you ‘re an astronaut, every fart is a ticking time bomb. The gases in farts are flammable, which can quickly become a problem in a tiny pressurized capsule in the middle of space where your fart gases have no where to go.
Astronaut Thomas Jones said it “carries a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell …a little like gunpowder, sulfurous.” Tony Antonelli, another space -walker, said space “definitely has a smell that’s different than anything else.” A gentleman named Don Pettit was a bit more verbose on the topic: “Each time, when I
Russian and American scientists have long used animals to test the limits of their ability to send living organisms into space – and return them unharmed. In the years that followed, Nasa sent several monkeys, named Albert I, II, III, IV, into space attached to monitoring instruments. All of them died.
NASA has not permitted pregnant astronauts to fly in space, and there have been no pregnant women in space. Ionizing radiation may destroy the egg cells of a female fetus inside a pregnant woman, rendering the offspring infertile even when grown.
The question is: what would happen to an astronaut who jumps or skydives from the ISS? Short answer: The astronaut will orbit the planet and eventually plummet to Earth, only to burn up during re-entry* (*some conditions apply).
He is the holder of the record for the longest single stay in space in human history, staying aboard the Mir space station for more than 14 months ( 437 days 18 hours) during one trip. His combined space experience is more than 22 months.