Astronauts: Living in Space
First Broadcast: 12AM Wed 12 March 2014

This intriguing documentary reveals what it's like to live and work in space for months at a time, through the eyes of astronauts Rick Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata, Mike Hopkins and their families.

Rick and Koichi reveal what it means to them to do a job that is out of this world. The programme demonstrates how the main function of the International Space Station - to carry out research experiments for a wide range of scientists around the world - fits in to Rick and Koichi's daily life.

It also shows how the astronauts approach day-to-day tasks like eating, sleeping and washing in completely different ways.

Viewers can see, in detail, the effects of microgravity on the astronauts' bodies and how pioneering science and medicine are being used to tackle this, as Rick and Koichi become human guinea pigs in the quest to extend the human body's ability to spend longer periods in microgravity.

The programme also explores the psychological effects of being in space and how NASA supports the crews and families during their missions.

The programme meets Rick, Koichi and Mike's wives, Candi, Stephi and Julie, and hears their heart-warming conversations with their husbands.

Finally, viewers learn about returning home with a bump, via a Russian Soyuz, and how astronauts adjust back to life on Earth.

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    1. Astronauts: Living in Space Astronauts: Living in Space Wed 12 Mar 2014

      This intriguing documentary reveals what it's like to live and work in space for months at a time, through the eyes of…

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