Is there a set of rules or guidelines for how one ought to behave whilst in space?

Apart from all of the necessary rules in place for safety reasons, do astronauts and cosmonauts live by a unique etiquette, necessary only when in space?

One thing that stands out to me is conversing to others in zero-G. I'd find it especially annoying if the person I was talking was upside-down and refused to 'stand in line'(?).

Have there been any studies on how others react when a person defies both social norms and natural laws (gravity) at the same time? Are there any documented suggestions or protocols for how to orient yourself to others?


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    $\begingroup$ Etiquette is typically a cultural thing. Rules are written after the fact based on what is accepted culturally. Manned space travel is not yet a large enough phenomenon for a definitive culture to have yet formed, so any answers will be opinion-based. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Sep 23 '13 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ I think you all might be taking the word "etiquette" a bit hyperliterally. I don't think the question is terribly outside our scope, but I do agree it might be opinion-based. Would be better off asking if, say, NASA has any written, spoken, or unspoken rules as to how one should behave in space (barring standard procedures and contingency plans). $\endgroup$ – DanteTheEgregore Sep 23 '13 at 20:00
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    $\begingroup$ @ZachSmith I don't think the question is off-topic, just that it is broad and opinion-based. It needs to be reformatted to be answerable, thus the close votes. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Sep 23 '13 at 20:18
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    $\begingroup$ Even if we take "space etiquette" (literal or not) as on topic for this Q&A, this casts an awfully broad net soliciting a list of all behaviors one must observe in outer space. Seems a bit broad and unfocused. It's better to ask about specific situations about the day-to-day problems of "life in space." This is simply too broad a topic to be fishing for all possible issues on behavioral norms established in space. $\endgroup$ – Robert Cartaino Sep 23 '13 at 20:25
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    $\begingroup$ FWIW I agree it's too broad too, even though I have been tempted to post an answer while it was still open, but simply didn't know where to start. A lot of this space etiquette can be appreciated for example on Twitter, where I follow possibly all still active and many retired astronauts, so I saw some patterns forming. Also elsewhere. It is however terribly difficult to describe it in a few paragraphs, and still sufficiently answer the question this broad. I would've put it on hold too, but wanted the community to decide without a mod hammer. No hard feelings! ;) $\endgroup$ – TildalWave Sep 23 '13 at 22:47