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Astronaut: Running London Marathon from Space, Anti-Gravity and All

Dec 07, 2015 03:38 PM EST
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One of the astronauts, Tim Peake, will run the London Marathon on the International Space Station.
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In April one of the London Marathoners will be fighting anti-gravity by running the 42 km distance on a treadmill on the International Space Station (ISS), according to a release.

So, does Tim Peake, the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut who is doing that, automatically win the marathon? No word on that yet--but listen, there's more.

In the ISS's Tranquility node, Peake will fasten himself to the treadmill and begin his run at the same time that 30,000 or so other runners depart from the start line in London at 10:00 GMT, on April 24, 2016, the release noted.

While he'll be on a craft that circles the Earth at 28,800 km an hour, he won't have an easy time of it. But it won't be his first time taking a crack at the race, either: Peake ran the London Marathon in 1999 in three hours and a little over 18 minutes.

"The thing I'm most looking forward to is that I can still interact with everybody down on Earth. I'll be running it with the iPad and watching myself running through the streets of London whilst orbiting the Earth at 400km," noted Peake in the release.

He'll be wearing a harness system that keeps him weighted down on the treadmill. Wearing it for more than three hours won't be easy. "(The strap system) has to provide quite a bit of downforce to get my body onto the treadmill so after about 40 minutes, that gets very uncomfortable. I don't think I'll be setting any personal bests. I've set myself a goal of anywhere between 3:30 to 4 hours."

Peake's run will aim to bring awareness to the charity called Prince's trust.

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