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Food on scotch tape and a toilet vacuum cleaner: how astronauts live on the ISS

Many dreamed of becoming astronauts in childhood, but only a few actually chose this difficult, but at the same time exciting profession. How astronauts live on the International Space Station, said the publication ChasTime.

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Sports activities for astronauts have not been canceled, but in zero gravity they look very unusual. To carry out an elementary run, you need to tie yourself to a simulator or a special mount on the floor, so as not to "fly away" from the treadmill.

Astronauts are having fun playing tennis. The rackets are small so as not to interfere with each other, and the ball, like the players, flies around the ISS as it pleases, but this is the point of the fun.

And to make yourself a regular sandwich or sandwich, you need to master the whole art. The food has to be glued with tape so that it does not travel throughout the station.

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“Every time we eat, it's pretty fun. Everything will fly around if nothing is done about it. So we take some scotch tape to stick the food to the table, ”says the astronaut.

Have you ever imagined how you can wash your hair in zero gravity - water in special bags, shampoo that does not need to be washed off, and in order to achieve cleanliness, you need to rub your head well with a towel. And all this with hair trying to "fly away".

The toilet resembles either an old vacuum cleaner or a special container for storing test tubes, but not the restroom we are used to. A separate valve is provided for urine, which, like a vacuum cleaner, sucks in all the liquid.

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If the astronauts have another need, then for this there is a toilet with a seat diameter of about 12-15 cm. Inside it is a plastic bag, where excrement gets. At the end of the process, you need to close the bag, push it into the pipe with a special stick, and then put a new bag for the next use. And, of course, we must not forget to close the toilet.

Have you heard the expression "sleeping while standing", there is a possibility that it came from the astronauts of the ISS. Since their sleeping bags are literally attached to the wall so that astronauts can sleep while standing, if such a concept can be applied at all to space and zero gravity.

“I zip up my sleeping bag and use a small strap that I wrap around to get my hands down occasionally,” says astronaut Jessica Meir.

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