Sixty years after Yuri Gagarin, space travel is still a event. From Russia to the United States, the select astronauts continue to respect certain traditions and some rituals practiced by those who preceded them. Little habits are sometimes serious, sometimes more ridiculous.
When you are an astronaut, there are traditions that do not detract from them. On the occasion of its first flight into space in 2016, He bowed to those Russian astronauts understood – who adopted, for some, about 60 years ago until now, when it all began, before the historic launch of .
Every astronaut and astronaut take off # Soyuz A tree planted at a quarantine facility at a memorial grove along the Syr Darya River #Beaconur# Kazakhstan. You planted it for me today, it’s just a little bush. Compare me to Yuri Gagarin tree! pic.twitter.com/GP2BdBN0uV
Andrew Morgan (@AstroDrewMorgan) July 12, 2019
Sign on In the hotel garden – this tradition applies only to the first flight on board A. Soyuz. Raise the flag of his country. See White sun », Western, Soviet, black and white. Or we still respect the “technical break”: a few hundred meters before the rocket, the bus carrying astronauts stops and … they’ll relieve – or at least pretend – on its right rear wheel!Hotel rooms that accommodate the crew during the last days before the flight. Toast with the hotel staff.
Inhabited excursions, like all human (and especially dangerous) things have many traditions and rituals. Astronauts are generally not superstitious but … it doesn’t hurt to keep doing what worked in the past !!! pic.twitter.com/fThkQJYZ2j
– Thomas Pesquet (Thom_astro) April 17, 2021
Various rituals but still rituals
On American soil, traditions are changing – they are more inherited – but it is still inconceivable that the astronauts would not respect them. “Astronauts are not generally superstitious, but …”Thomas Pesquet says . Thus, if those who are about to take off on the side of the Baikonur do not discover the missile until the last moment, at the Kennedy Space Center, they especially attest to its vertical position.
#MissionAlpha We have a new launch schedule because the weather is unfavorable: Friday April 23 11:49 am CEST. Embed a Tweet Aldrin gave me two advice when I became an astronaut: “Respect your elders … and learn to be patient.” ” safety first ! pic.twitter.com/PLGa9bFyEW
– Thomas Pesquet (Thom_astro) April 21, 2021