‘Ask An Astronaut’ by Tim Peake

‘What’s The Wifi Password?’

Score: 4/5

I can’t believe no-one asked what the ISS wifi password was. It’s one of the first things I’d have asked.

The book is about Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station, and covers a lot of information about the training involved, what work is like up there, and the aftermath of his return. The book is a compilation of answers to a lot of questions he was asked on Twitter and elsewhere.

It’s all very readable - I think it’s aimed at a Young Adult audience, although I don’t see that mentioned anywhere. There are a lot of fun anecdotes along with a little technical information.

But nowhere does it mention the wifi password. The ISS has some of the best OpSec available - anything approaches within 200 miles of it and they’ll know - so I figured The Powers That Be would be fairly open about the password, if there even was one. (I guess there probably is one because, even though it would be convenient having no password, there’d be the worry that a rogue device might connect to the wifi when it wasn’t supposed to.)

OK, I’ve just checked the wifi distance record - 237 miles. Given the ISS is usually about 250 miles up, that’s maybe a bit close for comfort. Maybe it’s best no-one asked about the wifi password after all...

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