10 Bizarre Problems Astronauts Have To Deal With In Space
10.An astronaut has to hook his sleeping bag to a wall so he doesn’t float around all over the place and collide with things. He also has to make sure he’s near a ventilation system or he ends up surrounded by his own exhaled carbon dioxide.
9. Hey, we all know when we gotta go, and it even wakes us up at times to take care of business. But in space, urine does not hit the bottom of the bladder in low gravity. The urge to go is only triggered when the bladder is completely full. To bypass an emergency, astronauts are trained to relieve themselves every two hours.
8. The actual smell of things can change in space. That’s why NASA has a professional sniffer team to check whether something will smell bad aboard the spacecraft. Cause if it smells bad, they stuck with it. And some of those smells in space can even be toxic. NASA certifies its sniffers’ noses every four months.
7. Liu Yang became China’s first woman in space in 2012. She was required to be married, to have given natural childbirth, and have no decaying teeth nor scars. Yang was in space for 12 days.
6. So what would happen if an astronaut LOST IT, in space? NASA has some protocol for that. If that were to happen, crewmates are commanded to bind that person’s wrists, tie him down and inject him with tranquilizers, if necessary.
5. Adapting to space is called the Space Adaptation Syndrome, which is a fancy way to say “throwing up”…. and astronauts can be likely to do that. And as soon as they get used to THAT they have to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and re-adapt, which can be just as unpleasant.
4. Typically, fungi is not associated with anything really good. But scientists have discovered fungi can use radioactivity as an energy source for spurring food growth. In time, astronauts may be relying on it.
3. Insurance companies aren’t real thrilled to put up a bunch of money on an astronaut because of the obvious… A LOT of danger. So many astronauts in the past have signed postal covers to their families that could bring in significant values should something go terribly wrong during their missions.
2. Many astronauts – 22 to be exact – have lost their fingernails due to extreme pressure on their hands and fingers during spacewalks. This effect has prompted some astronauts to purposely remove their own fingernails before taking to space.
1. It costs quite a bit of money to transport drinking water to astronauts on the international space station. So, to curb that cost, astronauts are going Bear Grylls. If you’ve ever watched survivalist Bear Grylls, you know that he sometimes drinks his own urine when there is no drinkable water available. Astronauts are now tasked with urinating into a distillation system that purifies it so they can drink it. Uhhhh… Houston…. we have a problem……
And with that, the closest I’m getting into space is a flight to Orlando to watch people get on the Space Mountain ride.