Space photo of the day

I follow Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) on Twitter. He recently posted this photo of the simulator for the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and asked just how many astronauts it takes to wear the paint off the simulator.

If I had to guess, I’d say he was practicing moving the Progress supply vehicle.

The SSRMS is the next generation of the Canadian robot arm flown on the Shuttle. Hadfield made the first spacewalk by a Canadian to install the SSRMS on the International Space Station. That was during STS-100 in 2001; an addition called Dextre was added in 2008. Hadfield is currently training to be the commander of Expedition 35 on ISS, another first for a Canadian. (FYI, Expedition 29 is up there now.)