Larry's Look | Local astronaut on space living, experience

Larry's Look | Local astronaut on space living, experience

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 11:43 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The International Space Station marked its 12th anniversary of continuous human occupation on Nov. 2, 2012.

Since Expedition 1, which launched Oct. 31, 2000, and docked Nov. 2, the space station has been visited by more than 200 individuals.

A total of 162 spacewalks have been conducted in support of space station assembly totaling more than 1,021 hours.

The space station, including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a U.S. football field, including the end zones, and weighs 861,804 pounds, not including visiting vehicles.

The complex now has more livable room than a conventional five bedroom home.

This morning on Larry's Look, we heard from Statesville native, Dr. Thomas Mashburn. He's a physician and a NASA astronaut. He was aboard the Soyuz-07M that launched in December with a crew headed to the ISS.

He's there for about five months and will conduct a number of scientific experiments.

Dr. Mashburn talked about his trip aboard the Soyuz, and how it compared to the Space Shuttle's mission trip to the International Space Station.

He also described life aboard the ISS and how all water is "recycled!" 

For more about Thomas Mashburn and the crew on the Space Station, go to:  www.nasa.gov

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