Thursday, September 1, 2016


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.

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