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Living in Space
Living in a zero gravity world, millions of miles away from your own planet must be a really exiting but challenging adventure. In a space shuttle, even the most basic things like taking a shower and sleeping can become very complicated. I did some research to find out what it must be like to float around in a small cramped area, going 7 times as fast a bullet travels.
The clothes that you were in a space shuttle can be similar to the ones you would wear on Earth since you only have to wear a space suit if you are outside the spacecraft. One of the differences of clothes inside a space shuttle is that they don't change them nearly as much as the normal person would on Earth. This is partly because they don't go outside so they can't get very dirty. It is also partly because it is almost impossible to do laundry in space. The typical astronaut has one pair of shorts and one T-shirt for every three days. When the astronauts do go outside of the space shuttle they will wear space suits. Space suits allow them to breath in no atmospheres. If an astronaut were to wear a space suit on Earth they would weigh about 400 pounds but since they are in space, they weigh nothing.
The second thing you should know about living in space, is what they eat. Most people think that space food would be disgusting but they eat the same kind of food we eat on Earth. For example, a typical breakfast in space would consist of either granola or pears. A typical lunch might consist of chicken, mac + cheese, rice or nuts. For dinner an astronaut might eat shrimp, steak, mac + cheese or fruit. For drinks astronauts would have water, apple cider or coffee or tea. Water is stored in 90-pound containers that look like duffle bags. The Astronauts have to recycle water from the humidity in the air. When you’re in space, it is important to ration and recycle.
Sleeping In space is also challenging for the astronauts. They have to attach themselves to a wall, seat, or bunk bed so they don’t float around in their sleep. The astronauts can also sleep in the pilot’s seat. When you’re in space, it doesn’t matter what angle you sleep at so you can fall asleep standing up just as easily as if you were lying down as long as the astronauts are strapped to something. They also have to sleep in sleeping bags.
Living in space sounds hard to get used to. Living in space for a long amount of time is also hard on your body when you return to Earth. This is because you don’t have to even walk so the astronauts’ muscles get weak. They have to exercise on a treadmill so that this doesn’t happen. Imagine how weird it would be just to be able to float around in mid air. This is why Living in space must be a really exiting but challenging adventure.
Article posted November 9, 2010 at 08:44 AM •
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