Scott Kelly has landed on earth after almost a year aboard the International Space Station. How cool is it that astronauts are able to spend time floating around in anti gravity, doing really cool spacey things? Everything they do in space is completely different than what we do when we’re grounded. From the food they eat to they way go to the bathroom is completely different.
Let’s step into the life of an astronaut and see how they do the innate things we do everyday.
Astronauts have very particular types of foods as part of their diets. The food is modeled around normal foods, but they tend to look a little different.
The kinds of foods they use are rehydratable, thermostabilized, and intermediate. These foods have little to no moisture in them making them perfect for zero gravity consumption.
As you’ve probably imagined, the way astronauts go number one and two is a little different than how we on Earth use the potty. We have gravity as an advantage, and usually it's gravity that helps all of the things on the inside find their exit.
In zero gravity, the toilets come with foot restraints and a thigh bar, so that you won’t float around while on the porcelain throne. And don’t think these space toilets come with water to flush down your waste, the waste is flushed down using air and waste is pulled directly from the astronaut's body.
Spacecrafts also count on a sewer system of sorts. Any liquid waste is sent off into space and the solid stuff is kept in a chamber on the craft until it lands safely on earth and is dealt with then.
Think about what a cool experience it must be to float around while you RPM. Well, astronauts aren’t big fans of floating around so they get into their sleeping bags and tie themselves to wherever they prefer on the ship to get a restful night's sleep.
Now I wanna go to astronaut camp!
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