Running a marathon in its 26.2 mile entirety in itself is a hard goal to accomplish. Running a marathon above the Earth from space? Well, that just seems impossible.
Tim Peake, a British astronaut has announced that he will run the April 2016 London Marathon while aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
If he accomplishes this feat, he will be the first ever astronaut to have done so. He plans to have himself strapped into a harness while attached to the spaceship’s treadmill. He will then run the full 26.6 miles while following a virtual video feed.
In a press release, Peake said, “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.”
Space travel is very tough on the body, so all astronauts make it an important part of their routine to exercise. Since running such a long distance in space has never been done before, a medical team on the ground in Germany will be constantly monitoring Peake’s body performance to make sure he is okay.
This might be a breeze for Peake. After all, he’s run the marathon on land before, with a time of 3:18:50. He hopes to finish his space marathon anywhere between 3 and a half to 4 hours.
You can follow Peake’s mission here.