• Question: What would be your daily routine?

    Asked by mini_astronaut22 to Andrea, Charlie ๐Ÿš€, Col Op, Kirsty, Vinita on 21 Jun 2016.
    • Photo: Columbus Operations

      Columbus Operations answered on 21 Jun 2016:

      Joao: As a flight controller, every day is a different day. We don’t really have a routine. In fact, we don’t even have a fixed schedule. Even when the Astronauts are sleeping, someone needs to keep an eye on the ISS and make sure everything is working fine and that the astronauts are safe. So we always have someone working, even during the night. That means that you might be working mornings for one week, but maybe the next week you are working during the night. And then, every day on the ISS is different with different experiments happening all the time. So there really is no routine and it is one of the things I love the most about my job! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 21 Jun 2016:

      I have a pretty ‘normal’ daily routine which mixes office work and lab work and meetings- we each have an example of our day on our profile if you would like more information ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Photo: Andrea Boyd

      Andrea Boyd answered on 21 Jun 2016:

      I sign on to console and check in with the Flight Control Team in Europe and my counterparts around the world at the other Mission Controls. We prepare the first astronaut meeting of the morning when they call down to start their day on orbit. The daytime is very busy with talking to the crew for all the back to back science experiments packed into the busy astronaut ISS schedule. Then I hand over to the afternoon shift who continue experiments and they close the 12hour workday with a similar all-hands evening meeting between all the astronauts and Mission Controls.