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Astronaut Mark Vande Hei Expects A 'Surprisingly Calm' Trip To International Space Station

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei trains for a spacewalk at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in March 2017.
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NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei trains for a spacewalk at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in March 2017.

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is scheduled to launch on April 9 for his second spaceflight to the International Space Station. He’ll be up there for at least six months, possibly longer.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks to Vande Hei about what it’s like to be at the International Space Station and how being in space for months at a time affects the body.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.
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Mark Vande Hei (Photo by Bill Stafford and Robert Markowitz)
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Mark Vande Hei (Photo by Bill Stafford and Robert Markowitz)