In this month’s edition of Astronaut Academy, we hear from European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake, who is heading off the International Space Station (ISS) today.
“I’m Tim Peake, I’m an astronaut with the European Space Agency and I’ll be launching to the space, to the International Space Station, on 15 December this year.
“One of the hardest things about being an astronaut is learning how to be efficient and flexible. If something goes wrong on board the space station we have a lot of people who have put a lot of thought, time and effort into how we should react to certain scenarios.
“If a piece of debris, for example, were to hit the space station and it would start losing pressure then we need to try to find the leaking module as soon as possible and isolate it so that the whole space station doesn’t go to vacuum.”
“If that fails, then at a certain point – when things start getting dangerous – we’ll actually evacuate the space station, go to our Soyuz spacecraft and undock and return to Earth.”