The astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) had to devise some new sleeping arrangements because the orbital laboratory is crowded at the moment. Four other astronauts arrived at the International Space Station via SpaceX's Crew-2 mission a few days ago. This brings the total number of astronauts onboard the station to 11.
According to the American Space website, this number is a lot, given that the laboratory that revolves in space usually hosts six people at a time, however, this number will decrease soon, as the return of the Crew-1 mission to Earth was scheduled for Wednesday, the 28th. April.
The American part of the International Space Station contains four beds for astronauts, but there are now nine people inside this part of the station, so some astronauts stay in temporary arrangements. For example, Mike Hopkins of NASA and Shane Kimbro, captain of Crew 1 and Crew 2, sleep on Respectively in their Crew Dragon capsules.
This leaves three astronauts without a bed, resulting in a set of makeshift arrangements called CASA, short for Crew Alternate Sleep Accommodation, which also means home in Spanish.
JAXA's Soishi Noguchi and his fellow crew-1 astronauts Shannon Walker and Victor Glover, both from NASA, will take on the CASA family.
NASA Public Affairs Officer Mary Lewis said during the webcast of the Crew-2 launch last Friday that Noguchi will sleep in the astronaut gym, Walker sleeps in the Columbus unit, and Glover will rest in the airlock.
Current astronauts on the International Space Station include Megan MacArthur, Mark Vandy He, Kimbro, Hopkins, Walker, Glover, Noguchi, and Akihiko Hoshide of the Japanese agency; Thomas Pescet from the European Space Agency; Astronauts Oleg Nowitzki and Piuter Dubrov.