May 19, 2021
Categories: GCTC

Roscosmos cosmonaut corps cosmonauts undergo special training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center to orientate on the Earth from the International Space Station using key ground objects, Alexander Gorbunov reports in the ‘Cosmonaut’s Life’ blog.

In order to successfully photograph objects on the surface of the planet, a cosmonaut must possess certain skills with fast orientation among them. Due to the high speed of flight of the ISS, the cosmonauts have about 40 seconds to find and photograph a given object.

‘First, on each continent, we memorize a large number of key landmarks — lakes, large rivers, mountain ranges and peaks, bays and straits, as well as islands and archipelagos — up to a hundred objects on each continent,’ Alexander Gorbunov writes. ‘At the same time, the special software of the simulator allows you to make a view of the objects from the height of the ISS and from different angles. To bring the learning process even closer to reality, the program can add a cloud cover making it difficult to find the objects and photograph them.

The simulator simulates the view of the Earth from the ISS through the porthole, and the enlarged rectangle simulates the view through the camera viewfinder. During the session, the cosmonauts need to find the objects specified in the radiogram along the ISS flightpath and ‘photograph’ them. At the same time, they comment on their actions aloud, keep the object in the viewfinder using the joystick and simultaneously name aloud all the landmarks they observe in the window.

In their blog, the cosmonauts offer to guess the place on the planet captured in the photograph.

More from this category:
May 15, 2019

On May 14, the “Fregat” upper stage arrived at the Vostochny space center. Specialists of the Vostochny Space Center (TSENKI company branch) performed its acceptance…

full story
July 14, 2014

International space station orbit was adjusted on July 11, 2014. According to MCC ballistic and navigational support service crews Zvezda service module thrusters were ignited…

full story
November 20, 2018

In 2018, it is 20th anniversary of the most significant international space projects, the largest manned artificial satellite of the Earth – the International Space…

full story
August 13, 2014

Yesterday on August 12, at 17.30, Moscow time, European cargo space vehicle ATV-5 (Georges Lemaître) docked with Russian service module Zvezda. Station reboost maneuver was…

full story
January 21, 2015

The specialists go on with preparation works for the launch of Inmarsat-5F2 space device manufactured on the order of Inmarsat (Great Britain) satellite communication operator…

full story
May 27, 2019

On May 27 specialists of the Vostochny Space Center (TsENKI company branch) together with the Progress Space Center (part of Roscosmos State Corporation) started the…

full story
July 21, 2014

Russian biosatellite Foton-M with 5 geckoes, fruit flies, higher plants’ seeds and other biological materials onboard was launched with the help of Soyuz-2.1a booster from…

full story
September 17, 2014

Space industry specialists go on with preparation works for the manned launch. On September 16 RSC Energia and Yuzhny Space Centre operational crews installed Soyuz…

full story