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Thursday, September 1, 2016

POOPING IN SPACE & OTHER FASCINATING STUFF ABOUT ASTRONAUTS






Bud’s uncle Lee had a house on the beach in Malibu.  It was on a cliff & you had to go down (& then back up!) almost 100 stairs to use the beach.  Lee had a cable car installed.  Gus Grissom, who was America’s 2nd man in space, came out to see Lee.  He had already made his space flight, but he looked at the cable car & told Lee it was too dangerous for him.  He used the stairs.

Some facts:
The pilot or commander of the space shuttle is required to fly 1,000 hours as a jet pilot before they can be selected as an astronaut, and a person has to be at least 58 inches tall to be selected for a space mission. However, astronauts can grow taller while in space, approximately up to two inches if they are there for a month. Due to lack of gravity, the spine stretches while they're in space.

It is possible for astronauts to spend a long time in space. The longest time spent living in outer space was 2 years and 73 days over a period between 1991 and 1999.

Astronauts sleep in bunk beds or in sleeping bags. However, these bunk beds must be fitted with buckles so the astronauts can buckle up. Otherwise, they might float around the spacecraft while sleeping.

They can choose from 70 different types of food. However, the food will either be already prepackaged for them or need just a very small amount of preparation. Sometimes when the astronauts are eating, the food will float around, as there is no gravity. Common items eaten include brownies, meat, pasta, fruit and soft drinks. Astronauts must eat any fresh vegetables or fruit within two days after launch, as it quickly spoils, so the majority of fruit is dried. Any meat will have to be heat-treated to kill any bacteria that might spoil the food. Certain foods such as bread are not allowed in space as crumbs can be inhaled, get in one's eyes or damage equipment. Tortillas are given to the astronauts instead.

While not actively working, astronauts can read books, watch movies, or talk to family and friends on Earth. They can even use an exercise bike (they have to do a lot of exercise to stay healthy.).

The first living animal in orbit was a dog from Russia called Laika. She traveled into space in 1957.

There is no wind or rain in space so an astronaut’s footprints on the moon will remain for at least a million years.
(brighthub.com)


In case you're wondering how astronauts wash their hands after pooping:


For more scientific stuff on pooping, click here.
















A short episode of "Pigs in Space":


                                     

Interested in keeping busy?

I assume "Poo" is her nickname:



Maybe NASA should work on an adult version of these:




















Beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here!!----fishducky

 










21 comments:

  1. Do the astronauts shrink again when they land? I guess so, but it seems sad just the same.

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    1. I am very glad that you decided against nuking the moon. Very, very glad.

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    2. I agree; nuking the moon would be a very bad idea!!

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  2. a falling star could actually be space poop?
    That explains why my many wishes haven't come true :(
    and I don't see why a baby poop alarm is necessary, the smell is alarm enough surely?

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    1. Don't you remember that song from Pinocchio; "When You Wish Upon Some Poop"?

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  3. I wonder how long you have to be back on Earth to return to your original height?

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    1. I don't know; but I'd love to get the 3 inches I've lost in my height over the years back!!

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  4. Haha love the space fun facts! Your posts always brighten my day, fishducky!

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    1. About as far as we can currently go!!

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  6. They really have all those space facts? Someone actually does that? Puts it all together?

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    1. There are MANY strange jobs to be had on the internet!!

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  7. When an astronaut eats, how does the food stay down?

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    1. A good question for which I have no answer!!

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  8. Mrs. Chatterbox tells me she'd love to travel in space, and there are times I encourage her to do so.

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  9. I am so enjoying Fishducky's school of fascinating facts. Space has always intrigued me. The 3D printer is a brilliant idea for creating needed tools or parts in space. Wow.

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    1. Space flights, 3D printers & lots of other things fascinate me!!

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  10. My first thought was PIGS IN SPAAAAAACE, and of course, you have the clip. That's because you're always at least ten steps ahead of my puny brain.

    Love,
    Janie

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Your comments make my day, which shows you how boring my life has become.