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The International Space Station at Bedtime: In Space, No One Can Hear You Sleep

by Lambert Varias
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European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst has been living in the International Space Station in the past five months. He’ll be back here later this month, but he sent his Halloween treat on time: photos of the ISS’ research center at bedtime. Turn the lights down and start playing the Alien theme.

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Nope, those are not space scarecrows. And there are no people inside the suits either. I’m not sure if there’s anything else in them though. According to the ESA, “[t]he six astronauts on the weightless research centre live by GMT, and generally sleep at the same time.” That must have left Alex free to roam around and take pictures of the research center. That also gave him at least one frightening sight. Here’s what he said about the picture below: “You wouldn’t believe what I saw when I floated into our galley module in the dark of the night…” 

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But he lived to tell the tale, and took a selfie with the empty spacesuit:

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Alex also shared these equally creepy shots of the research center, dark but for the serpentine and pale blue glow of the station’s machinery.

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The spook is out there. Strap into a Power Loader and tread carefully to the ESA’s website for a few more of Alex’s photographs. Happy Space Halloween to everyone at the ISS!

 



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