The US/Russia relations have been pretty rocky recently, but not when it comes to manned space travel. In fact, crews on the International Space Station with both Russians and Americans get along so well, that these astronauts believe the space station is a model for society. But it wasn’t always this way. During the “Space Race” era, space research between the two countries was not a friendly competition to see who could get to the moon first. Rather, it was a feud between ideals of democracy and communism. But all of that changed when President Nixon decided that our respective space programs are best when Americans and Russians are on the same team.
In this episode, Sean Sevy asks: What can we learn from these astronauts? He also asks a few other weird question about space, namely: What happens when I take my space helmet off on Mars?
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