NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is scheduled to take off from the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on 9 April.

Flight engineers and crew members of Expeditions 64 and 65 will launch from the Baconur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday along with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov.

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Speaking with Granthshala News last week, the 54-year-old said his team had completed final exams for activities on both Soyuz MS-18 And ISS.

Wanda Hei noted that COVID-19 has had a “major impact” on the training of astronauts, from wearing masks around others to ensuring that the virus is not reached at the space station.

“We’ll be in quarantine, we’ll monitor it a lot of times to make sure we’re staying healthy. And then, we’ll have time to exercise, relax, go out. I’m going to try to make up. Make sure I spend as much time outside as possible while I still have the chance. And, just make sure I have everything in place before I leave. “In addition, we’ll also review a lot of the process. , Which we will actually use to bring it to the space station. We will meet those people again and again. “

Photo Date: 10/05/08 - 10/08/09 Location: NAS Penasacola Florida Subject: 2009 ASEAN Survival Training.  NAS Penasacola, Florida Photoshop: BLIR

Photo Date: 10/05/08 – 10/08/09 Location: NAS Penasacola Florida Subject: 2009 ASEAN Survival Training. NAS Penasacola, Florida Photoshop: BLIR

Once the three hit the space station, the veteran astronaut is expected the first month in 2017 to “feel very different” than his previous expedition.

“I had to adjust a lot to do, a lot of lessons to learn how to work in an environment where I wouldn’t work normally. I lost a lot of things in that first month. [and] It was so frustrating and a lot of things that I could do on the ground without conscious effort, I needed to be completely focused, “he explained.” I will be able to start sprinting this time. “

Wanda Hei has been with the agency since 2006, when he joined the Johnson Space Center in Houston as a capsule communicator (CAPCOM) at the Mission Control Center.

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According to his NASA biography, Wande Hei served as ISS CAPCOM for 15 to 20 and STS-122, 123, 124, 126 and 127.

After three years, Wanda Hei was selected as one of the nine members of the 20th NASA astronaut class and completed her training in 2011.

From 2012 to 2013, Wande Hei served as the director of operations of the Astronaut Office in Russia and four years later, he launched the ISS as part of the Expedition 53 and 54 crew.

During his time at ISS, Wanda Hei logged 168 days and four spacewalks and contributed to scientific studies examining manufacturing Fiber optic fiber In microgravity, the goal is to improve the accuracy of an implant Glucose biosensor And measuring Sun’s input of energy on Earth.

This time, He told KMSP He will spend up to a year in space working on hundreds of experiments, including research on the cotton root system, Alzheimer’s disease, and the demonstration of a portable ultrasound.

Wande Hei told Granthshala News that he considers working at the ISS like a laboratory technician and that it is “interesting work.”

“There are scientists who give a lot of thought to what experiments they want to do. They are collecting data and collecting data and writing papers. My job is to facilitate that when they work. Do, what is it. ” said.

“I need to make sure they have the resources they need. If some troubleshooting is needed, I will help with troubleshooting,” Vande Hee continued. “Sometimes those scientists will be looking over our shoulder with a camera and actually coaching us on what they want us to try to help work.”

Applied Physician reported that he himself is “part of the science experiment” when discussing commercial spaceflight with Moon and companies such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX while discussing NASA’s upcoming Artemis mission.

“So, when we are on the space station this is a capability that we need to maintain in some way. But, with the Artemis program, we also want to introduce these new capabilities as you mentioned.” “It’s going to be really hard if we can’t do both of those things, all of those things, if the burden of all of them falls on the taxpayer.”

“So, there are ways where we can reduce this constant potential so that people in the Earth’s orbit can train both for science and long-term missions, and for people to know about long-term missions and survival tasks Well know… the only way we are going to be able to do that is if we can be commercially successful, ”he said.

Returning to Earth in February 2018, Wanda Hei worked as a technical assistant for NASA’s Directorate of Human Exploration and Operations Mission, and most recently as an assistant to chief astronauts for paranormal astronauts and robotics.

Vanda Hee served as a combat engineer in the US Army, and in 1999 – after completing a master of science degree – he became an assistant professor of physics at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York.

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In 2003, Vandema Hei reported to the 1st Space Battalion at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where he served as the leader of the Army’s Space Support Team and later the operations officer of the battalion.

In that role, he posted for a year in Iraq Iraqi Freedom of Operation.

He And his wife, Julie, is the parent of two children.

Vande Hei said that the most important personal profession he is bringing on this mission is his wedding ring.