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Questions tagged [astronaut-lifestyle]

Questions regarding how astronauts live in space, including day to day activities, chores, etc.

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Are gas bubbles in space food still a problem?

According to the Apollo Program Summary Report, page 6-14: In zero gravity, when the food packages were rehydrated with water containing gas bubbles, the bubbles could not be removed from the food. ...
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Could an Apollo astronaut stand up if they fell on the moon?

I was watching old Apollo footage and noted how astronauts on the moon had a very particular gait most likely due to the poor flexibility of the EVA suits, low gravity, and need for safety. I was ...
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Astronaut orientation etiquette

How does the microgravity environment on the ISS change how people interact or converse? Is it polite or common to be oriented the same direction as who you're talking to? Also, when you see new ...
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What is the most heated exoatmospheric conflict to-date?

This tweet by ISS Archaeology (quote-tweeting Norishige Kanai) got me wondering: with all the accumulated time humans have spent in space, surely there have been disagreements, frustration, and ...
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Was Houston able to control to the Apollo spacecraft if needed? [duplicate]

Was every aspect of a flight, aside from liftoff, solely the responsibility of the crew? Or was Houston able to command parts of the spacecraft and its computers remotely in an emergency or if ...
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Is it possible to get married in space?

Is it possible to have a legal wedding in space? For example, any of the following could answer the question: Does any national law system explicitly define a specific process for validly performing ...
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Did any astronaut take a Bible into space?

I am wondering if any astronauts took a copy of the Holy Bible into space. I know the crew of Apollo 8 read part of Genesis 1 in space, but I am wondering if anyone took a full Holy Bible into space.
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Zero gee rice cooker for BFR's trip around the Moon; how would that work?

Because of where I'm currently living, I've gotten used to using a small rice cooker regularly. @Tristan has pointed out that cooking dried rice, or dried beans in boiling water could not be done in ...
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Can astronauts wear eyeglasses inside their helmets during launches and landings?

Are astronauts allowed to wear their eyeglasses inside their helmets during launches and landings?? Are there any special considerations or rules? During spaceflight (launches and landings) there can ...
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What kind of time regime/schedule do ISS astronauts have?

On earth people's lifes are usually dictated by a 24-hour rhythm (with about 8 hours of sleep each night). As far as I know this rhythm is determined by chemical processes in the human body which are ...
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Zero-g astronaut motion

If I am an astronaut on a spacewalk in zero-g, and I reach out and hold onto a pole (sticking out from a large space station) on front of me (with the pole parallel to my head-to-feet axis), and then ...
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How long can an astronaut stay in space and later have children?

While reading about the effects of microgravity on reproduction I was thinking about all the other aspects of space flight and how they may decrease fertility in both men or women (such as changes in ...
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What is a good alternative to toilet paper for space travel? [duplicate]

So I was working on my sci-fi novel, and I stumbled across a problem: How much toilet paper do astronauts use in space? As of right now, the furthest human beings from Earth are orbiting just above ...
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How do cosmonauts on the ISS use the washroom and excrete there? [duplicate]

I had doubts about what cosmonauts do in space when they are about to excrete, is there any toilet and a tank to store the waste ?
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Does ISS crew exercise time count toward their X hour work week?

In the discussion in the comments of this answer, I questioned whether the (reported) full 40 hours of designated work time (per week) for a new International Space Station (ISS) crew member could be ...
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Astronauts with oversensitive skin after returning from space

I have heard that some astronaut (maybe Scott Kelly) complained about itchy, sensitive skin after returning from space. Is it true? After growing 2 inches, now he can't sleep on a bed and wear Earth ...
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Is there a better way for astronauts to bathe?

On the ISS each astronaut gets a packaged wet towel every two days, two dry towels and two washcloths a week, and 3 small packets of moist napkins every two days with which to wash themselves. At the ...
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Does NASA address libido of astronauts that are in space for prolonged periods of time?

Libido can affect behaviour, judgement, group dynamics etc, which could pose a risk for the effectiveness of a mission. Is this somehow addressed by NASA, for example in screening during recruitment, ...
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Is loss of flexibility a concern with crew on the ISS?

Videos of people on the ISS make it clear how little they need to bend or stretch, and how their joints stay in their neutral position most of the time as they float around - elbows, knees and hips ...
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Has high intensity training been tested in space?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has had a lot of attention over the past few years as an exercise method because studies show better improvement in various fitness parameters than traditional, ...
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How do astronauts on EVA deal with nose itching?

It must be absolutely torturous if your nose starts itching and you can't scratch it for several hours, when you're on EVA. How do astronauts deal with it? Are they undergoing a special training, or ...
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What are the regulations governing (against) beards in space?

The ISS and currently used spacecraft have toxic stuff (ammonia, propellants) that makes donning gas masks a life-saver in emergency. Beards may interfere with the seal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, ...
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How do astronauts sleep in zero G?

Perhaps this is a strange question but I've always wondered how astronauts, particularly those aboard the ISS, sleep in zero G. Do they just hang out in "space" or do they have beds they strap ...
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Do astronauts get Netflix on ISS?

I've been wondering about the internet connection on the ISS, and how it's used. We were talking in chat about astronauts personal belongings and free time, and it made me wonder about how they use ...
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What do female astronauts do on their menstrual cycle?

I know that there is medication to prevent the menstrual cycle, but what side-effects does this entail? Does regularly supressing the menstrual cycle pose any health risks to female astronauts? ...
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What is in the care packages sent to crew members of the International Space Station?

Each crew member of the ISS gets care packages on cargo flights. In a video tour of the station, it was mentioned that each crew member has a stash of favorite food just for them. It is easy to see ...
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Where does the clothing for the crew of the International Space Station come from?

This post talked about the standardized clothing list each astronaut or cosmonaut has when on the ISS. It is specified carefully in consideration of the fact clothing can't be washed, so it is used ...
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How does an astronaut pack for the ISS?

This article talks about a 'Personal Preference Kit;, a bag measuring 5" x 8" x 2", that could weigh no more than 1.5 lbs. It was the sole space an astronaut could use for personal items. But it ...
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Could a bidet be used effectively in free fall?

An answer and a comment on a related question, got me wondering. What would happen if you tried to use a bidet to clean up after doing your business without gravity. Water does not behave in space ...
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Do humans need less calories and water in microgravity?

Astronauts in microgravity don't use their legs much. This has negative health effects in the long run. But I wonder if it doesn't have the good side of lowering human need for food and water and thus ...
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What would happened if the ISS was depressurized while astronauts were sheltering?

The International Space Station tries to maneuver to avoid debris, but sometimes (and it has actually happened) they discover something that could hit them too late to move, so they shelter in Soyuz ...
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Have any astronauts ever abused drugs in space?

I know from a few previous questions that some pretty strong drugs are available aboard different spacecraft and the ISS. Have any officials ever determined, on record, that drugs have been abused? ...
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is it possible to use mechanical pencil instead of space pen in ISS?

Is it possible to use mechanical pencil instead of space pen and pencil in International Space Station ?
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Combatting noise in spacecraft

It is a well-known fact that it is quite noisy aboard the ISS. Fans and pumps working all the time, valves closing/opening etc. Crew members live through it with ear protection, but that doesn't mean ...
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Do ISS astronauts have to be conversant in both English and Russian?

I've noticed that some of the American astronauts on the ISS can speak (at least a smattering of) Russian and similarly, some of the Russian cosmonauts are fluent in English. Is such bilinguality a ...
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Do we have motion sickness in zero gravity? [duplicate]

In zero gravity, the vestibular system (which is responsible for feeling the balance) doesn't work since the fluids in it don't move properly in absent of significant gravitational force. Does it also ...
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Without renewable resources, how do you wipe in space?

I have looked around a bit, Wikipedia has an article on space toilets and one on toilet paper, but the two don't seem to be used together. According to one reference, annual consumption of toilet ...
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Washing clothes in space: are there any technical challenges?

Currently, the ISS is resupplied with fresh clothes from the Earth. I remember reading a report on NTRS stating that the requirements for fresh clothes proved to be much higher than expected. Thus, ...
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How do people drink out of cups in Space?

How do people drink out of cups (an activity which heavily relies on the presence of gravity) in space? I know they could try to wait for the liquid to 'split up' and try to catch a chunk, but is ...