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Living in Space
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in space? What things are the same as on Earth and what things are different? No one except the astronauts and other crew members really know exactly, but there is some basic information we know. Living in space can be fun, but it is also a lot of work. In space there is zero gravity so the astronauts and crew members have to get used to it. The living area in space is very tight, especially when everyone is floating around. The main parts of a space shuttle are the crew cabin, the cargo bay and the main engines. In space you have a very limited amount of clothing that you can bring with you. Crew members get to choose the shirts, shorts and pants they wear. They also get to choose from Russian or U.S. clothing supplies. There aren't any washing machines in space so the crew does not change their clothing very often. On average each crew member gets one pair of shorts or pants and three shirts for every three days of exercising, but they only change socks and underwear every other day. The crew members are allowed two sweaters and running shoes also. When clothes get worn out they dispose of them. Food in space is very different from food on Earth although some things are the same. Some foods can be eaten in natural form in space such as brownies and fruit. Other foods such as macaroni and cheese or spaghetti require adding water. There aren't any refrigerators in space but there are ovens. Condiments are provided but only in liquid form. Like on Earth the crew members and astronauts have three meals a day. If you're wondering, astronauts and other crew members do have fun in space. Some things they do for fun include looking out the window at the black sky, watching movies or reading books. They also play cards, talk to family and play other games. To stay in shape the crew members work out on the treadmill and exercise bike. Most of all the astronauts and crew member enjoy relaxing. Living in space is a lot to get used to but the overall experience is worth it. The astronauts and other crew members have a big responsibility to take on. I hope that you now know what it is like to live in space. Think about how happy you are to be home after a long trip, and then think about how the must astronauts feel.
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