Life in space not so bad,
says U.S. astronaut aboard Mir
February 10, 1997
Web posted at: 4:45 p.m. EST
ABOARD THE SPACE STATION MIR (CNN) -- The last month in space
has been a "fantastic experience," American astronaut Jerry
Linenger told CNN Monday from his post on the Russian space
Linenger, 41, who is scheduled to spend more than four months
on the Russian space station, said he has some 100
experiments to perform during his expected five-month stay in
While American astronauts Shannon Lucid and John Blaha, who
have also had extended stays aboard the space station,
complained about the isolation and accommodations, Linenger
said it's not so bad.
He keeps in touch with his family via e-mail and as for the
accommodations, he said it's no worse than his experience in
the Navy aboard U.S. ships.
e-mail home (587K/28 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
Mir and the Navy (349K/22 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
His only regret, he said, is that he doesn't have more time
to peer out the window.
busy in space (655K/30 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
"I've still got plenty of interest in looking out the window
because I've only done it once a day," he said. "This morning
I saw the Himalayas coming up over India. It was a fantastic
view, so I'm not sure five months is going to be long enough
During the interview with CNN, Linenger had an opportunity to
talk to his mother, Fran Linenger, who was on the phone from
He waved a Michigan state flag and said hello to his family
and friends back home.
"As long as you're feeling good up there we're all feeling
good down here," Linenger told her son.
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