Space Station Tour

Space Station Tour

2012, Technology  -   80 Comments
Ratings: 8.59/10 from 1115 users.

Sunita Williams is one of the most experienced spacewalkers in NASA history. Near the conclusion of her final voyage as commander of the International Space Station for NASA in 2012 - a mere twelve hours before landing back to Earth - Williams filmed an informal tour of the quarters where she and other astronauts lived and worked while on space expeditions.

Space Station Tour is a no-frills affair devoid of insert shots or cutaways, and it succeeds in conveying a "you are there" perspective as a result. Williams is obviously an extraordinarily accomplished astronaut who knows every detail of the massive spacecraft, and she's never less than a congenial, appealing and instructive host during the course of the short film.

The United States, Russia and Japan worked in concert to bring this expedition to fruition. We're given a guided tour of each nation's operational modules on the station, and even catch of glimpse of several of Williams' collaborators along the way. There's the Columbus module, constructed by the European Space Agency, which is a hub that houses various scientific and medical laboratories. Then there's the Zvezda Service Module, the central area responsible for the station's overall function as well as emergency management repair and restoration.

In between are a series of practical spaces which allow for everyday activities under zero gravity conditions. We enter their kitchen area and see a vast menu of food packages representing various cuisines from around the world. Williams shows us the modest exercise equipment aboard the craft, which prove essential in combating the potential for bone density and muscle loss that occurs in space flight. We're even given a tour of their restroom facilities, which Williams jokingly refers to as their "orbital outhouse". The overall environment of the station is one of contrasts - it's massive, yet strangely claustrophobic, messy, yet intricately organized, and technologically awe-inspiring yet basic in many of its everyday living functions.

Space Station Tour offers the closest perspective most viewers are likely to experience of what life is like inside the International Space Station. It's a point of view that's certain to delight both space junkies and moderate enthusiasts alike.

Directed by: Sunita Williams

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80 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Red Baron

    I never found any proof of any fakery. Nowadays anyone can take a fact like the moon landings, and try to nitpick anything they don't understand, and claim it was all staged. To much misinformation being spread by conspiracy cheerleaders. I do believe we should all have our say regardless.

  2. Kendrick

    The hoax crowd needs to do better research. Every answer to their questions is available online. The problem, is they are blinded by their own ignorance. They refuse anything that goes against their beliefs.

    1. Mack

      Absolutely, moon landing deniers are immune to anything that goes against their beliefs. The ISS is fake, the landings we're faked. I hear there is an invention called the internet, that's a hoax too. Lol. Seriously, people just need to get educated, and stop being paranoid. Most deniers don't even have basic physics knowledge, or know anything about rocket propulsion. All it takes is a little research, you can learn about what you are denying. I ask one NASA, or the government going to make all these errors, knowing people are looking at all the pictures, and videos? Absolutely not. Russia had tracked our signals, they knew where we were. There is tons of evidence to disprove skeptics, unfortunately, they are not going to listen to anything factual that goes against what they believe. To some, believing in a conspiracy makes them feel special. Just remember, there are many videos like "a funny thing happened on the way to the moon", that are deceitful, and filled with lies and false claims.

  3. Carla

    Some of these hoax believers are totally lost. They make all these dumb claims of fakery, when they know little about space travel. Of course every event in history has some genius claiming it is a fraud, or never took place. These people need education, or is that just the government feeding us lies? How stupid. Paranoia, thats all.

    1. Jackie

      I am afraid some people just want to ignore space travel, and make fun of anything they do not understand. Not everything in this world is "fake" as they put it. All available information online debunks any claims made by skeptics, but I am sure they will persist in denying events in history without even trying to fact check.

  4. Geo

    Would be laughing at Sunita and others' similar BS if not such a serious thing for these crooks to be paid to make deceptive videos on the public's dime. She should be put in jail for FRAUD with the rest of NASA administration.

    Just because they claim it, you believe it? You shouldn't. Look at the videos which point out all the fakery.

    1. Mandy

      I bet Geo believes everything he is told on his conspiracy sites, just as long as they don't contain facts.

    2. Neo geo

      Just because a YouTube expert claims man didn't land on the moon doesn't make it true. Hoax videos have loads of incorrect information that people believe without question.

  5. If you say so

    Nice hairspray job...

    Nasa in hebrew means "to deceive"

    American tax slaves love cgi...

    1. Mandy

      If you say so, Nasha is the word you are looking for, not NASA. That's a typical Conspiracy theorist answer.

    2. No hoax

      Hoax nuts are ignorant. They never even fact checked their silly claims. Another graduate from YouTube University.

    3. No moon hoax

      So many same old tired hoax comments. Does anybody bother to do any research? All this silly conspiracy nonsense is just crazy. They deny everything. They are blinded by their own ignorance.

  6. Wow!

    Totally enjoyed watching!

  7. DustUp

    Ms. Williams is not the first to give a tour. You should watch the others if still available on Youtube. Then watch the fellows video who points out all the flaws and fakery. That is even more interesting than the tour itself. Some call those gals "the hairspray girls" and after you wake up to that fact, you cannot help but laugh at the videos. Especially when the one guy (in another video) screws up and gives their real location. In that one you can watch the direction change action of the "vomit comet" airplane or whatever they are actually in. Such regular direction change action wouldn't occur in actual orbit.

    Sadly, those who cannot deal with the fact that their govt is ripping them off, lying to them, and using some of those funds to make fake videos to fool them with, will defend their govt liars, cheaters, and thieving scum, without doing a bit of HONEST investigation. Why? They are emotionally attached to their world view that their govt is good; that their govt wouldn't lie to them, when all evidence for well over a century is to the contrary.

    Read what Major General Smedley Butler had to say leading up to WW2 in 1935. You can find it on the web. He gives the evidence. Of course that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    As far as Buzz Aldrin punching a guy who was tired of all the lies... Many who have caught an adult red handed in doing something they shouldn't will have experienced such anger. Buzz's actions prove nothing, except to those that want to be fooled.

    We should be demanding every bit of the NASA budget back and lock the fraudsters up. Yet they don't lock up the Bushes, the Clintons, nor Obama, for all their fraud and criminal activity, so I won't hold my breath.

    1. Jim Henchy

      Some of you hoax believers need to do proper research, there was no fake moon landing. This crap has been debunked ages ago. People like you are clueless spreading lies about fake videos. And other misinformation hoax nuts love to spread. I know you think you are right, but you have to many facts against your story. Great idea for a movie though.

    2. Chris

      That's insane. Hoax theories are old news. Did anyone ever think the conspiracy is a lie? That wouldn't be possible would it? Lmao. People love conspiracy theories, they are much more exciting than just landing on the moon. I'm sure someone would have talked ages ago. There were eyewitnesses, moon rocks coroboration from other countries agreeing that the USA went to the moon. Let me was all fake. lol, and only the hoax crowd is smart enough to figure it out. Please......, most of these skeptics don't even know basic photography, which is why the stars aren't visible in the shots from the moon. Google has tons of information debunking silly hoax theories.

    3. Andy

      I guess some people can't deal with the fact that their beloved little moon hoax fantasy has been disproven. Read, and learn. There is no hoax evidence, but loads of paranoia.

  8. Rahul

    Love you Sunita (sunny) are inspiration for all india and all world as beautiful lady...

  9. Jim

    Totally enjoyable vid! She is engaging and knowledgeable, explaining things in a non-technical way. And the morning hair was just frosting on the cake :>)


    Proud to see an indian on ISS. Very good narration by Sunitha Williams and camera also did well.

  11. Jenny

    Do you ever have problems with solar flares or black holes? Do you ever get "jet lag" or "the bends" when you go up into space or come back to Earth? How do you do time at all in space? What do you do if you break a bone or get some sort of injury in space? How many people would fill the space station to full capacity? How do you cook food in space? I didn't see a microwave or oven. When you do a space walk how do you make sure you don't end up floating away from the station and be lost forever in space? Is water all you have to drink in the space station? ...... Thank you for this tour I loved it. Please answer all of my questions whenever you can thank you.

  12. rpsabq

    Yeah, the hair thing makes NO sense. Guys are supposed to have their hair cut very short. Why, because you never want hair getting in the way of a helmet or a hatch or hairs getting all over equipment, so the fact that NASA keeps this hair thing going with the women makes NO sense at all. Not even tied up or wrapped in any way? Think of the dangers of having long hair like that and it getting caught in a piece of equipment or a door or the dangers of lose hairs getting on equipment and the pain of washing it in space. Totally against all miliatry policy and common sense. So to me that gives it away. You have to admit it's a powerful visual: if here hair is like that she's gotta be in space right?? Uh--huhhh....right....

  13. dpa

    james fll, the air causes less drag than water, but still enough to make hair bend as her head moves,. hair spray could stop her hair bending as she turns, so stopping it constantly flicking across her face. just trying to understand the physics.

  14. jim

    I notice how the basic functions of being human are addressed,..but they gingerly avoid the obvious issue of sex in space. How many people posting here thought of it ,..or maybe I should say how many people who watched this swell video ,..didn't think about it? ;)

  15. bungabunga

    who knew michael cera became an astronaut

  16. Michael Harvey

    What an eye opener!! I know that she is up in space but what a warm-hearted "down to earth" personality. Great enlightening presentation.

  17. Mj

    Awesome tour. Thank you. A cool pop to make some out of the world art.

  18. Major Tom

    An informative inside view, no room bigger than a 2 mtr tube is confronting.

    I prefer the Enterprise. At least you could have a game of bowls.

    Ps Do we really want humans to infect the universe?

  19. Dave

    What a great tour!! I had the time of my life up there and wish I can go again.

  20. Zack

    The space station isn't in outer space, it's in low earth orbit. And they're not in 0G, they're in free-fall. They are still under the influence of about 90% of earth's gravity. These things are slight differences but they are also misconceptions that need to be overcome.

  21. James F II

    Gandalf, I recall when a person with a skewed view of reality, such as yourself, told Buzz he was a coward, Buzz thanked him for the comment by taking him down with one punch. Buzz is over 70! See what wasted time in front of a computer does? Make more use of your time by masturbating to strong pornography. One little problem with your hair movement hypothesis, in water hair has something to interact with that causes drag, in the space ship the only air movement is that generated by the air conditioning. She referred to it when she described a hazardous situation with an NH3 leak. Which can be detected by odor in the human animal at 5ppm, and becomes increasingly uncomfortable after that rapidly.
    Awesome tour !!! Seems like one hell of a time. I am very jealous and proud to see the comradery.

  22. Adam

    Brilliant tour. Terrible comments.

  23. Mabel

    This is so so interesting although I'm too much of a wimp to go outerspace >.<

  24. gandalf the vague

    and finally the biggest give away of this fraud beyond any doubt. at 17:48 she takes us to the main safety location, the one with the two laptops on the left side of the picture which in previous videos was the exact same shot but with an air lock right behind it.
    in the old video (with the air lock included), at the top of the airlock it had a static non moving image of paper or material flags of all nations which never moved a single millimeter despite the so called astronauts being present in the foreground of the shot.
    thats the worst f--k up ive ever seen on this and both vids are on youtube with the sme exact laptops in the same exact place but with different backgrounds.

  25. gandalf the vague

    also have u noticed the continuous jet engine noise in the back ground lol.
    ive been recording sound for years and its one of the best give aways because people so rarely think about it when making these silly videos.

  26. gandalf the vague

    brilliant, have you noticed how many edits there are?
    clue: hyperbollic flight only last for a few minutes until the aircraft has to climb to altitude again in order to descend (giving the occupants the feeling of zero g).
    now then, my internet speed is way fast. the video is clearly buffered way beyond what im watching the whole time, i can see that.
    yet still, theres little glitches in the video every few seconds making it really easy to manufacture this illusion of weightlessness.
    if the parabollic flights needs to pull up and gain height before plunging againhe only needs to wait a few minutes before carrying on with her lies she doesnt even need to move.

  27. gandalf the vague

    her hair is clearly styled to look like zero gravity when in fact (although i cant state it as fact i believe it to be) she is in hyperbolic flight on a terrestrial jet aircraft.
    think about it, human hair in real zero gravity should behave like hair does in a swimming pool (ie float around in every direction).
    ironic since swimming pools are used as training for astronauts.

  28. someguy

    god i love space

  29. guest

    @dave, she did! she hairsprayed it so thick as to give the illusion that shes floating in space!

  30. Dave

    Seriously, couldn't she have done something with her hair?

  31. Phred Blunt

    More NASA fakery. If you believe all that stuff, you will believe that men went to the moon on a Brocks rocket.

    1. Gareth Jones

      You BETTER be joking :D

  32. Joan

    Does she always wear her hair up like that?

  33. U.N. Soldier

    I saw in a interview that every female that has ever been in the space station, and also on the space shuttle has had sex. So I couldn't help but think how fun this little filly would be in zero g sex mmm mmm mmm

    1. brycewise

      I doubt that. if you get pregnant it would be a nightmare

    2. U.N. Soldier

      See, that is just the thing...a female cannot get pregnant in Space. The energy field of the earth is needed for conception to take place. That is partly the reason how they figured out how to clone animals. After the sperm enters the egg there is a minute electrical charge, but in space that does not happen.

    3. Thomas

      This comment section, and notably this comment make me feel smarter then average.

  34. Spencer Drake

    Would have been too cool if they filmed over one of the poles!

  35. Daniel M.

    the noise and "clutter" really reminds me of being on a c-17 again... far more cramped though obviously. I wanna go!!

  36. bluetortilla

    Wow- amazing. I found myself laughing out loud.
    Why is there only one of these?

    1. Quinton Beaudry

      I guess you should know that there was a time when they just about shut down the program because of its costs. In fact, they had to pool in as much countries as they could just to be able to make it more cost manageable.. Another thing to note is,, bringing material up to space is dangerous and can drive some nations into debt, AND FAST! The more force the rocket needs to exert also bring up the dangers as you need to apply more thrust to get away from earths gravity. More weight = more thrust. You need about 3 times the amount of thrust in contrast to weight. It would cost roughly about 300 million dollars to bring a bag of chips up if that was the mission. Now imagine metals and such. To date I could not even fathom how much 100's trillions of dollars has gone into the preparation and execution of the program.. Some nations have literally gone into an economic disaster just trying to start a space program let alone sending material up. Hope this cracks your morning egg of knowledge.

    2. Robert

      I don't know much about expenses related to the space industry but 100s of trillions of dollars is more than all of the world's wealth combined. I don't think a small space station could possibly be worth that much. Smells like amateurish BS.

    3. Quinton Beaudry

      It was a bit of an exaggeration, but to date your prolly looking into the 100s of trillions in programs and ground related programing, not to mention, all the flights to build and repair. Prolly looking into the billions before it even got off the ground, from patenting and engineering, and also a huge cost would of course be from getting the materials up there. To date the station is worth 150 billion dollars, but that does not include what it took to build the ship and maintain it, and its 1000's of programs associated with the SS. Who knows, my first response is prolly close to the right mark, however, we will never be able to group up the trillions of dollars of related research that come from and for the SS. Not like you need to get belligerent, but that is okay, because it speaks loud about your intelligence . You can debate things without looking like a child. With all that in mind since it was in the planning I'm sure the true price-tag would astonish you. You need to really do some research, as it is amazing that the SS is still in orbit. But that would of course involve you doing a lot of research. Mine just came from constantly researching things. If you could see my facebook on a day to day basis it would cave your intellectualism. I watch everything from our heliosphere and beyond all the way to our iron–nickel alloy core. I also watch currant seismic and volcanic activity, as well as the day to day weather, but hey, what do I know. If you care to engage people in banter try using humility and respect. I give a ton of it and I expect it back.

    4. Guest

      Well... (scratches back of head) I would give you respect in so far as your comments were more credible than you tout them to be... Take the US defense budget for example which lets say amounts to 500 billion USD per annum (which although inaccurate is probably within 20% of the actual figure) and multiply that by 20. You get 10 trillion USD. Do you really think the space program would even be anywhere close to what the US spends on its military? Considering this, your 100s of trillions of USD talk sounds not only overblown but like a hyperbole even for a hyperbole. So forgive me if I'm brash but your comment sounded pretty f--king retarded. And NO even to date the budget could not possibly be even close to 100s of trillions of dollars.

      Give me 100s of trillions of dollars and I'll probably have enough money to build a f--king colony on the moon to extract enough H3 that we can all live without fear of running out of energy. While doing so I'll still probably have plenty of money left. And with that, I'll buy out the entire military arsenal of the world along with all defense related companies and industries just to get rid of all weapons and weapons related applications just so that we achieve true peace for the first time in history. Even after doing so I'll probably have some money left so I'll buy out the entire stock market of the entire world as well as all of its real estate just so I can equally redistribute land and capital equally to all citizens of the planet and by doing so solve the poverty crisis. Even after that I'll still have plenty left so I'll retire on an island of the coast of South Spain where I'll live the rest of my life.

      You do realize that 100s of trillions of dollars means you can by hundreds of Bill Gates (est. net worth 80 billion)...

      I don't think you truly grasp the ridiculousness of your estimation...

      I do respect you. I truly do which is why I'm giving you my honest two cents: GET YOUR FIGURES CHECKED. That is all. Thank you.

    5. Guest

      A quick search with something called Google shows that the entire budget for NASA was 18 billion USD for 2014 and 790 billion USD for its entire 52 years of operation. How on earth did you come up with 100s of TRILLIONS of USD?

  37. Busta Coupon

    Really enjoyed it half hour seemed like 5 minutes great doc.

  38. Rabbani

    Do you get a noise proof sleeping bag? How do you feel when you touch the ground earth?

  39. saigon ov chester uk

    Sitting at home with my mind blown ...with such envy!!!

  40. Jorge Fiestas

    I wish they made ​​a tour of the laboratories

    1. Quinton Beaudry

      There is, go to NASA's youtube and scroll through the plethora of content they make publicly available.

  41. 31jetjet

    The host name is Sunita Williams

  42. binkii70

    this is the best documentary I've ever watched. ...perfect!

  43. Enrique

    Russian module and Russians all look so inhospitable :D If i wasn't Russian that would be a bad thing. The fact that i am, makes it seem so homely. Great documentary though

  44. MarkSalerno

    Is it such a good idea to have all the space suits up against the door and in the air lock? I mean if the door doesn't close properly they could lose all their suits...

  45. i am the sea

    Am i the only one who feels like she glossed over the fact that she said their trash burns up in the atmosphere?

    1. Who is they?

      Yes. What's your point?

  46. Thanh

    I like her uong curly hair in the space. That's the one I usuall draw with spring-like cotton-like fuzzy pencil lines

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  48. Luis

    She looks a lot like Medusa. i am not looking in to her eyes, just in case.

  49. Space Nut

    Amazing! I want to go into space!!

  50. ChipsAhoyMcCoy

    Little know fact: She's not wearing a bra.

  51. Martin Widgren

    more like this. str8 to the point without corny music and uninteresting storys.
    perfect 30 min vid.

    did not feel like one second was wasted.

  52. Justin

    Probably one of the most interesting half hour tours I've ever seen! Thanks for sharing!

  53. Sion88

    Makes me dizzy.

  54. carljohnforgartty

    ohh i really wish more of these

  55. Luyang Han

    It is definitely dizzy and messy up there :)

  56. David Bruce Powers

    Fascinating. Thanks for the tour.

  57. Paul Gloor

    Not for claustrophobic people !

  58. John Krisfalusci

    2 questions:

    1. What happens when you wring out a towel in space? Does the water leech out or flow somewhere?

    2. What happens when you fill up a Klein bottle in space?

    Thank you in advance! ^_^

  59. Alv V

    Awesome! I really got the feeling from 0 gravity from watching that full-screen. No left, right, up, down, back or front. Feel a bit dizzy.