International Space Station (ISS) astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared the latest video in a series that offers tours of different parts of the outpost in orbit.
The latest – captured with a 360-degree camera – leads us into the station’s Node 3 module, also known as Tranquility.
Node 3 consists of a cylindrical hull 14.8 feet (4.5 meters) in diameter and nearly 23 feet (7 meters) long. As the French astronaut reveals, the module is one of the most frequented parts of the space station. This is partly because the station’s gym is located here, with its treadmill and other exercise facilities that allow astronauts to stay in good shape and maintain muscle mass while living in weightlessness.
Another reason it’s busy is because it contains one of the station’s three space toilets, a unique device expertly demonstrated by a previous ISS visitor, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy.
Node 3 also acts as the station’s air and water recycling center, while also providing storage space for supplies and other equipment.
The module is connected to the popular Cupola module, the seven-window dome that provides astronauts with fascinating views of the earth and beyond, and also provides clear views to aid in space walks or to monitor spacecraft as they approach the ISS or leave them.
Since this is a 360 degree video, you can follow Pesquet through the module by moving your mobile device (or you can just drag the picture with your finger). If you’re watching on a PC or laptop, drag the image with the mouse to keep the astronaut in the picture. The tour is given in French, but English subtitles can be turned on.
Pesquet’s other recent videos include a look inside the Node 2 module, also known as Harmony and described as the “intersection” of the ISS. He also shows us the Columbus Module, a research facility brought to the station by a NASA space shuttle in 2008, eight years after the habitable satellite began hosting astronauts for extended stays.
Another video gives a good look at Nauka, the station’s newest module, which caused a stir when it arrived in July.