Take a Tour of the Phonebooth-sized Crew Quarters on the International Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson on January 10, 2014

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Phone booths. You know, those things that Superman used to change into his cape and tights. According to news reports, the last phone booths in use in the US will be decommissioned and hauled away sometime this year. If you’ve ever had the chance to actually use one of these communication relics, you know how cramped they are inside. But they provide a good size comparison to the tiny crew quarters on board the International Space Station.

In this new video, Japanese astronaut and Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata provides a tour of the crew quarters inside the International Space Station’s Harmony node where there are four individual living spaces. They include a sleeping bag, laptop computers and gear for communicating with family members.

This NASA graphic shows information about the crew quarters on the ISS. Credit: NASA.

This NASA graphic shows information about the crew quarters on the ISS. Credit: NASA.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Kawarthajon January 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM

This guy likes his time pieces – two watches on the wall and one on his wrist!

Olaf2 January 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I like the word “phone boot”, because most people have no idea what a phone-boot is anymore. We should replace “phone boot ” by exterior of a TARDIS. :-)

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