Astronauts all set for window cleaning mission
Category: Window Cleaning
According to the Irish Examiner, two hard-working astronauts turned window cleaners will be taking on this special mission in less than a week's time.
Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko will be attached to the ISS as it travels through space at around 17,500 miles per hour, and will give each and every window a thorough washing.
It'll be tiring work and it will require a great deal of planning and preparation. There's that niggling little problem of zero gravity to overcome, after all.
However, the job will no doubt be a lot more exciting than it would be back on Earth. The view, for one, will make all that scrubbing worthwhile.
Their mission has been nicknamed the Expedition 44 spacewalk and it is due to go ahead on August 10th. The pair will also carry out some routine maintenance work at the same time.
For most of us, window cleaning involves washing off general dirt and bird droppings, but the ISS astronauts could encounter more than just everyday grime.
Last year Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported that traces of sea plankton had been found on the windows of the ISS during a cleaning mission, leaving scientists baffled as to how it got there.
Previous experiments had proved that certain bacteria can survive in space, but this was the first time anyone had discovered plankton. Who knows what they will find this time.
Regardless of any new discoveries, this latest space undertaking should certainly provide a bit of motivation for the average homeowner.
If you've been putting off getting out your squeegee and giving your windows a good wash, think about how easy it'll be compared to the job facing these two astronauts.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva