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Could Apollo astronauts stand up if they fell on the moon?

I believe it was John Young, during an Apollo 16 EVA fell to the lunar surface. Though awkward, he got up unassisted by attempting a series of what looks like push-ups until he was able to get ...
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Was there really a shuttle toilet training device with a "boresight camera"?

Yes, this was the Waste Collection System (WCS) Positional Trainer, located in Building 5 at Johnson Space Center, adjacent to but not part of the Shuttle Mission Simulator Fixed and Motion Bases. ...
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Could Apollo astronauts stand up if they fell on the moon?

As always, the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is a treasure trove of annotated examples. During the later (J) missions in particular, Ed Fendell, remotely operating the rover's TV camera, managed to ...
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Are all modern astronauts at least passable phlebotomists?

By my count, the OP asks three questions. I'll anecdotally answer two of them ("Is it something that most or all astronauts are capable of doing, or are there just a few "designated drivers&...
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Are there foods that astronauts are explicitly never allowed to eat?

At least in the Shuttle program, I'm afraid the list of forbidden foods was almost infinitely long. Anything not officially tested and approved was forbidden. From the Space Shuttle Food System ...
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How do US citizens vote in space?

The relevant law is Texas Administrative Code Rule §81.35 "Voting from Outer Space" and who's going to vote against that? It is a very small modification of Texas early voting law. (a) A ...
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Are there foods that astronauts are explicitly never allowed to eat?

There are in fact many foods astronauts are not allowed to eat. I'll be specifically talking about the ISS as they are the only ones currently in space. Bread: Astronauts are not allowed to eat bread ...
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Why did the Apollo capsule have seats if the astronauts never were sitting in it?

The water impact deceleration was short but it could be strong. Vertical speed with only two parachutes was 36 foot/sec or 11 m/s, horizontal wind speed during a storm could be more. Apollo 8 wind ...
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Did Apollo leave poop on the moon?

If any of the 12 had a bowel movement and then obeyed procedures, then yes there is poop on the moon My 30+ hour search of Apollo documentation did not reveal a direct answer either way. Perhaps the ...
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What happens to astronaut sweat on the ISS?

They keep the ISS at a pretty comfortable temperature and humidity level, so there's not much sweat accumulation except when they're working out. For that, they use towels. The sweat that they do ...
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Did Apollo leave poop on the moon?

I believe used fecal bags from the LM were normally supposed to be transferred back to the CSM and returned with the crew to Earth for analysis. In the Apollo 15 flight journal, in the annotation ...
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How do astronauts keep their devices dry?

Towels. Towels are used for this extensively. Hitchhiker's Guide wasn't making this part up, at least. Here's an 10 liter spill soaked up with towels this week. NASA Status report: https://blogs....
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Were any of the Apollo astronauts smokers and did that cause any problems?

In the early years of the Space program, smoking everywhere was considered normal. But NASA was ahead of its time. After members of the "Original Seven" were seen smoking on TV, NASA was ...
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Could Apollo astronauts stand up if they fell on the moon?

Despite Charlie Duke's concern about it, given that the PLSS is massive, and would shift an astronaut's center of gravity far back from their natural distribution, it would be surprising if the ...
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Astronauts make a lot of CH₄ and some H₂ as well; do space capsules and space stations have systems to remove these?

For the ISS, the relevant bit of kit would be the Trace Contaminant Control System, which is part of the Air Revitalisation System. A Trace Contaminant Control System ensures that over 200 various ...
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What electronic game was first to be played in space?

I thought it might have been earlier, you know, like Donkey Kong, but its the first that has a Guiness World Record. guinnessworldrecords Who ALEKSANDR SEREBROV Where RUSSIAN FEDERATION When 01 ...
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What is the most heated exoatmospheric conflict to-date?

Consider this dramatization of Apollo 13 as an explanation of why it is probable we don't know what the most heated argument has ever been in space: Astronauts worry ...
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Were any of the Apollo astronauts smokers and did that cause any problems?

Buzz Aldrin with (presumably unlit) pipe. Gemini 12 photo S66-62984
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Is it possible to get married in space?

Many jurisdictions recognize weddings performed out-of-jurisdiction provided that those weddings are legal in the jurisdiction they're performed in. Unfortunately, there's no legal authority with ...
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Did astronaut Scott Kelly eat cake in space?

I don't know exactly what Kelly is eating there, but brownies are on the ISS menu. Some foods can be eaten in their natural forms, such as brownies and fruit. A good moist brownie in bite-sized ...
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Have astronauts in space suits ever taken selfies? If so, how?

Several space selfies were made and chances are you already know the very first one Buzz Aldrin took of himself during Gemini 12. The cameras used are large-ish but imagine even holding a shoe box in ...
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Why did the Apollo capsule have seats if the astronauts never were sitting in it?

Why wasn't the Apollo spacecraft made so that the astronauts would simply lie on the bottom of the capsule during launch and reentry, without their legs up? They would just need to be tied to the ...
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Did Apollo leave poop on the moon?

tl;dr: The only source found so far is an article that claims that Charlie Duke claims to have left urine on the Moon. No definitive report about fecal matter on the Moon, though. In total, it's ...
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How do US citizens vote in space?

As explained in video description of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Emsf_udovU the voting is done electronically Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law ...
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Are there any atheist or agnostic American astronauts, past or present?

Are there any atheist or agnostic American astronauts, past or present? With the hundreds of astronauts who have been through the American space program, I am sure there are more than a few atheists ...
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How do astronauts keep their devices dry?

For small spills, crew on board the ISS rely on evaporation to remove water that they can't mop up with towels. The ISS ECLSS (Environment Control and Life Support System), which consists of several ...
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What happens to astronaut sweat on the ISS?

According to a COLUMBUS Module engineer I once spoke with, it is common practise to use "silica gel" (the stuff in the small white bags you get buying new shoes or bags or everything) ...
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What happens if you jump on a "spin ship"?

We must remember that there is no spoon gravity here and that as soon as our astronaut is no longer in contact with the floor they must have an essentially straight line trajectory. Below is a ...
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What kind of time regiment/schedule do ISS astronauts have?

Like a lot of things that should be readily available, it's frustratingly difficult to find this on any NASA web site. Fortunately ESA came to the rescue in the form of a blog post about Alexander ...
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Does SpaceX plan to enhance/change the genome of space colonists to speed up the adaptation process to the living conditions on Mars?

No. SpaceX is a space launch company, not a genetic engineering company. That branch of science lies completely outside their research. Never mind the ethical aspect: the astronauts are volunteers, ...
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