Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is an experienced Canadian astronaut who recently returned from an extended stay aboard the International Space Station. He has been hailed as the most social media savvy astronaut of all time and he communicated extensively with online communities such as Reddit and Twitter when he was in space. One Reddit user asked him what would happen if you wrung out a towel in space; here Chris demonstrates that the water won’t leave the towel in zero gravity.
Considering how difficult a shave is in outer space, haircutting can’t be much easier. Here we see Chris getting a haircut from one of his fellow astronauts. The only way to do this without having hair clippings float all over the space station is to use this special pair of clippers that’s attached to a vacuum tube that sucks up all the excess hair.
When asked about his diet, Chris explained that astronauts use tortillas to make sandwiches instead of bread. This is because tortillas are a lot less crumbly and crumbs are a major nuisance in zero gravity. I bet the person who invented to tortilla never guessed that they were creating space food!
One of the least appealing parts about space travel has always been astronaut food. This is from a video where Chris showed us what desserts look like in space. Pretty much all desserts enjoyed aboard the ISS come in pudding pouches. This jiggly brown pudding is the astronaut version of chocolate cake.
Chris said that one of the most common questions he gets is ‘what happens when you cry in space?’ He demonstrated himself crying in one video; we got to see that tears in space don’t fall. The tears just kept collecting in a ball of water stuck to his face, with every tear the ball got bigger until half of his face was covered in water. Eventually he had to just wipe off the mass of tears with a towel.
Here’s Chris showing us how he brushes his teeth in zero gravity. There is not really a good way to get rid of toothpaste aboard the ISS, so when astronauts finish brushing they just swallow the toothpaste.
Here’s Chris getting ready to go to sleep aboard the space station. Sleeping of course requires a confined space so that the astronaut doesn’t float all over the space station while he’s snoozing. You can see chris zipping into a special tethered sleeping bag inside of a small sleeping compartment before he calls it a night.
This is just Chris showing us what opening a can of mixed nuts looks like in space. Not really any valuable educational information here, but we think the nuts look pretty cool in zero-g. It must be interesting trying to get these nuts to float into your mouth!
Here we see Chris show us what it’s like cutting your nails in space. Astronauts have to cut their nails over an air duct which sucks up the fingernail clippings, that way you don’t have a bunch of fingernails floating around in the space station. Gross!
The zero gravity space station can occasionally cause nausea and vomiting in even the most experienced spacewalker. Here Chris demos what the vomit bags in the space station look like. Unlike airplane barf bags, these high tech space barf bags are specially designed to keep the mess completely contained in zero G. This is good, because floating vomit is one of the nastiest things we can think of.
Many normal day-to-day chores are a challenge in the space station, and shaving is no exception. Astronauts can’t use water to shave, so they are provided with AstroEdge. AstroEdge is a very special high-tech shave cream that doesn’t require water and also keeps hairs from floating away while shaving.
More unappealing astronaut food! This is what vegetables look like in space. All the veggies aboard the ISS come in these dehydrated vacuum-sealed packs and need to be put in a special hydration machine before consumption. Can you guess what vegetable Chris is holding here? That’s space spinach . . .
Another easy every day task that we take for granted is hand washing. In order to wash your hands in space, you have to grab one of these special pouches which contains a soapy water solution. You then squirt a bubble out, grab it, and lather up!