For astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) it’s not all about science experiments, and a new video shared by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Mathias Maurer proves it. He and his fellow missionaries don their spacesuits to a waltz by composer Johann Strauss as they prepare to return to Earth last week.
Before boarding back to Earth, astronauts need to thoroughly check their spacesuits, ensuring safety during the journey home. In the video, Maurer and three other crew members of the Crew-3 mission perform this task to the sound of “Blue Danube”, a Johann Strauss classic.
In case anyone is wondering how astronauts check their spacesuits 😆 We call this the ‘suit fit waltz’. I think I might miss microgravity and these antics with @Astro_Raja, @AstroMarshburn & Kayla. #Crew3 #CosmicKiss pic.twitter.com/mbranaZm6C
— Matthias Maurer (@astro_matthias) May 2, 2022
As the music rolls, the astronauts perform at least fun choreography as they float under microgravity conditions, moving from there to here. “We call it the suit-fit waltz,” Maurer added in his Twitter post.
The European astronaut also said he will miss microgravity and “those antics” with NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn, his mission companions. Strauss’ classic waltz has also been used in other fictional scenes.
The music appears in “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), by Stanley Kubrick, where the director used the waltz to show a space shuttle traveling towards a space station, showing the not-so-subtle effects of weightlessness. In 1994, it was the turn of the series The Simpsons.
in the episode “Deep Space Homer” (“Deep Space Homer”, in literal translation), the character Homer Simpson floats inside a spaceship while chasing chips that have been scattered around the environment – all this, to the sound of Blue Danube.
Crew-3 astronauts also took the opportunity to land some group photos while wearing the SpaceX spacesuit. They returned to Earth last Friday (6th), after a stay of 176 days on the ISS, but before that, they received the crew of Crew-4, which arrived at the station two days earlier.