An ESA astronaut plans to run the London Marathon. While in space.

Just because you’re in space doesn’t mean you have to be left out. 

Despite being aboard the International Space Station (ISS), European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake plans to participate in this year’s London Marathon. Remotely, obviously, but still — the approach is impressively creative.

Peake previously ran the marathon back in 1999 and wanted to participate again this year. So, while other runners are getting ready to dash off through the streets of London,  Peake will be settling in to march the 26.2 miles while on the space station’s treadmill. But, to help him get that street-level feel, Peake will be equipped with an iPad streaming what it would be like if he were running through the city streets. Not bad, and if that gets boring, he can always look out the window.

Though microgravity might make Peake’s trek a bit lighter, he noted it’s still not going to be easy:

“I have to wear a harness system that’s a bit similar to a rucksack. It has a waistbelt and shoulder straps. That has to provide quite a bit of downforce to get my body onto the treadmill so after about 40 minutes, that gets very uncomfortable. I don’t think I’ll be setting any personal bests. I’ve set myself a goal of anywhere between 3:30 to 4 hours.”

Yeah, as cool as being in space must be, that sounds like a fairly terrible way to spend four hours. But, you’ve got to give Peake credit — this is an awesome thing to try, and a great way to stay connected. Even if he is technically 240+ miles above the planet. 

(Via ESA)

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