A recent question yielded the image below that appears to show Buzz Aldrin smoking a pipe in space. Is there any confirmation that the contents of the pipe were ignited or was he just posing with it or chewing on it? Furthermore, do we have any evidence of other astronauts or cosmonauts smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other tobacco products while in space?
Furthermore, do we have any evidence of other astronauts or cosmonauts smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other tobacco products while in space?
According to a footnote on page 89 in Bryan Burrough's excellent book Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis aboard Mir
Peggy Whitson, the NASA scientist who supervised the American science program for Norm Thagard's mission to Mir in 1995, was dismayed to find that the cosmonauts actually smoked cigarettes and drank vodka aboard the station.
Not on US missions. It is strictly forbidden on any past or present US mission. They can bring nicotine patches, however. Therefore, Aldrin would not have been smoking.
- It is a fire hazard since spacecraft have far more oxygen than on Earth.
- It is a small space. Therefore, just like you can't space on an airplane, you can't smoke on the ISS or any other spacecraft.
- It contains harmful chemicals. It increases the chance of cancer or heart disease, not something great to get in space.
- It can harm the filters.