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Living in space is not imaginable to many people but few astronauts have experienced the challenges and pleasures of living in a place out of this world. Astronauts train for many years to travel to the International Space Station. Once the astronauts are in space their life becomes very different. Although they still have similar clothes (when inside the station), they still eat three meals a day, they still have work to do on the station and experiments run, they to maintain excellent hygiene and they also have to get plenty of rest from their day of work. These astronauts are able to do many day-to-day things while looking at our great blue planet.
Astronauts have various types of clothing at the space station. The crew members decide whether they want to wear Russian or U.S. clothing. They also can wear light or heavy clothing depending on how they adjust to the cold and how warm they get when working. The astronauts also don't get to change their clothing as often they do on Earth. They change their pants and shirts every few days and they change their socks every two days. The astronauts have to pack very light, they carry about three t-shirts and shorts. The astronauts also bring running shoes to exercise. There are bikes and treadmills (strapped to the floor) in the shuttle. The astronauts wear bulky space suits when they are outside the the shuttle or working on the space shuttle. Clothing is an important part of the astronauts of the missions because man would never be able to explore out of the station without.
A spaghetti and meatball dinner is a little more then just sauce, noodles and meatballs in space. Food is also a major factor of day-to-day life in space. The astronauts eat three meals a day. Their diets are based on how much the astronauts weight and if they are male or female. The astronauts get to choose their food, but must of it is in a liquid form. Most fruits and vegetables and other solid foods can be eaten in their normal form, things like mac and cheese have to have water added to them to make them edible. Condiments like mustard are only in liquid form. The food astronauts food has some changes form the food on Earth but the astronauts don't have to worry what's for dinner.
Work in space is very different than our jobs here on Earth. The astronauts don't just float around in space they have to run experiments and maintain the space station. The astronauts have to run experiments and take pictures for research of the Earth. The shuttle is designed to be in space for up to two weeks so the cabins have to be taken care of by the crew just like a crew would on a ship. The space station is like a permanent platform, it needs to be cleaned and taken care of properly. This is what occupies these astronauts days in space. Mission Control (on the ground in Houston, Texas) also helps with day-to-day assignments. Working in space will become simpler to these astronauts as their great mission goes on.
Space may be an unknown territory but it won't be for long with great minds at work. Life in space is different form our lives here on Earth, but these astronauts still work, eat normal meals and have similar clothes. The astronauts will be happy and relieved to land our great blue planet and see the ones they love, but their adventures in space working on the International Space Station, eating dry foods and wearing spacial clothing for their missions will be a very important part of their life.
Article posted November 8, 2010 at 01:38 PM •
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