British astronaut Tim Peake mentioned he will be taking portion in the London marathon — harnessed to a running machine 400 kilometres above Earth on the International Space Station.
“As soon as I got assigned to my mission to the International Space Station, I believed would not it be fantastic to run,” said Mr Peake, a former helicopter pilot who will be operating for the Prince’s Trust charity.
“The London Marathon is a worldwide event.
“Let’s take it out of this globe.”
Mr Peake is due to take off on December 15 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on board a Soyuz rocket for a six-month mission to the ISS.
“Significant Tim” — his actual rank — will be only the second Briton in space right after Helen Sharman in 1991.
Typical physical exercising is essential in space to fight the effects of a microgravity on muscle tissues.
Mr Peake said he would run on April 24 — the day of the marathon, which has about 37,000 participants.
Thanks to a screen with a virtual reality avatar placed in front of him he will really feel like he is there.
“I will be operating it with the iPad and watching myself operating by means of the streets of London while orbiting the Earth at 400 kilometres above the surface and going 27,000kmh,” he said in a statement released by the Prince’s Trust.
He mentioned the trickiest aspect would be the harness.
“In microgravity I would float if I didn’t strap myself down to the treadmill so I have to put on a harness method that is a bit similar to a rucksack,” he mentioned.
“It has a waist belt and shoulder straps.”
Mr Peake ran the London marathon in 1999 in 3 hours, 18 minutes and 50 seconds.
This time about he recognises he will not be setting “any private bests” but is still organizing to total it in 3 hours and 30 minutes to four hours.
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