Sixty years after Yuri Gagarin, going into space is an event. And, from Russia to the United States, selected astronauts continue to honor certain traditions, some rituals performed by those who preceded them. Small habits that are sometimes serious are sometimes more secure.
When you are an astronaut, there are traditions from which you are no different. On the occasion of his first visit to space in 2016,Greeted those who are metropolitan – understand, Russian – adopted for some, some 60 years ago now, when it all began, just before the historic launch .
Launch on every cosmonaut and astronaut # soy Sire plants a tree in a quarantine facility in a memorial grove along the river Darya #Baconour#Kazakhstan. I planted my plant today, it is just a small plant. Compare me to Yuri Gagarin’s tree! pic.twitter.com/GP2BdBN0uV
– Andrew Morgan (@AstroDrewMorgan) 12 July 2019
Sign the doors of the hotel rooms accommodating the crew during the last days before the flight. Toast with hotel staff.In the hotel garden – this tradition applies only to the first flight on a rocket . Hoist your country’s flag The clock ” Desert white “, A Soviet Western in black and white. Or still respect the “technical break”: a few hundred meters before The bus carrying the astronauts stops and they will… relieve themselves – or at least pretend – on their right rear wheel!
Unmanned flights, such as everything human (and especially risky), have many traditions and rituals. Astronauts are not superstitious in general… but cannot hurt to continue what they have worked for in the past !!! pic.twitter.com/fThkQJYZ2j
– Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) 17 April, 2021
Various rituals, but still rituals
On American soil, traditions change – they are more inherited-, but it is unthinkable for astronauts not to respect them. “Astronauts are not generally superstitious, but …”, Says Thomas Peskett on Twitter. Thus, if on the Baikonur side, those who are about to embrace do not discover the rocket until the last moment, at the Kennedy Space Center, they are specifically seen to be vertically watching it.
Other rituals adopted by astronauts over time: playing a game with the person in charge ofNot being able to leave your office before winning, have a special meal before boarding, take one last look at the rocket once on the launch pad, put your signature on the wall before entering the capsule. And, innovation with the advent of Mark the rocket thrusters with your initials.
#MissionAlpha We have a new launch schedule because the weather is unfavorable: on Friday 23 April at 11:49 am. @ TheRealBuzz Aldrin gave me 2 tips on becoming an astronaut: “Honor your elders … and learn to be patient.” “Safety first! pic.twitter.com/PLGa9bFyEW
– Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) April 21, 2021
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