Saturday, May 30, 2009
Of course the Canadian press is concentrating almost entirely on the Canadian astronaut, whereas the Russian press is more measured (I think; I can't confirm that they all have this tone). As for the Belgian press...yep, more like the Canadian article. Perhaps others can confirm this but perhaps "Russian goes to space!" just doesn't pack that much excitement anymore.
Anyway, six on the station now, and that makes it easier to carry out some real science now. In addition to that there's the possibility of more interesting human interaction, which can sometimes draw a lot of attention. Maybe one crew member can offer the other prune juice for the first time. Or maybe they could play poker. Or maybe one can remark to another how his company's bonding rituals often involve a lot of talking, and dancing, and crying.