From: Yuri Ivanishin <International Space Station>
Subject: Pants in Space
Date: 21 March 2012 10:31:23 AM NZDT
Hello Thunderpants people.
I am here in space wearing your underpants. I have been wearing them for many weeks, while I am doing my work. I am a cosmonaut on the ISS. My work consists of scientific research and maintenance of station in proper conditions. One of the researches is devoted to determine how human body can withstand gravity forces. Thunderpants (I am liking your name!) is good to withstand gravity forces. Also good for microgravity. We are doing our physical activity in microgravity and Thunderpants is performing very good. They do not move up between the buttocks during exercise on the Treadmill Vibration Isolation System where we do most of our exercises for two hours six times a week for making bones strong. Microgravity can be fun but also inconvenient. Also we cannot have shower. We use wet wipes. But we smile in the face of these inconveniences.
Thank you for your underpants. The astronauts from the USA are admiring and would like to be wearing them too. They are having problems with their underpants migrating. This is especially not good yesterday when we were on space walk, it is impossible to dislodge uncomfortable underpants with space suit on. However, the walk was successful and we install the Vinoslivost Materials Sample Experiment which will investigate the influence of space on the mechanical properties of the materials. The Americans would like Thunderpants, they would prefer the pattern of the robots as they are making researches with Robonaut 2, the first humanoid in space. R2 cannot wear pants as he is only a top half, bottom half is a table. If Russians were making robot it would have legs I think. Is important to be able to dance. This robot would be called R2D2. (I joke!)
The ISS is a unique environment and many researches and fun can be done. Sometimes we spend whole day on ceiling with Thunderpants on our head because there is no up and down in space. (I joke again!) It is best when you can look out the window. Yes, we have windows up here. From our low-Earth orbit the view is pretty great. A flight into space is a beautiful journey. I wave to your tiny country as we pass over, it is very small place for such big Thunderpants I think. Goodbye and thank you. Keep up the good work with firm and comfortable underpant, which is very suitable for work in space, I am happy to be telling everyone.