space Oddities

Space Oddities

Words: Florian Obkircher

How do astronauts brush their teeth? What happens to tears in space? Astronaut Chris Hadfield answers questions about everyday life on a space station

For decades we’ve admired astronauts for their heroic actions. Secretly though, we’ve always wondered how they manage to go about their daily routines on their space missions. Then came Colonel Chris Hadfield. The mustachioed Canadian spent almost 4,000 hours in space over the course of his 21 years as an astronaut. In that time he orbited the Earth more than 2,000 times. He became a star four years ago when, on his final mission, he took his guitar and performed an acoustic cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity from the International Space Station. Today, the social media star uses YouTube to enlighten us about everyday life in space. Enjoy his top five videos without gravity.

1. What happens to water when you wring out a cloth in space? 

© YouTube // Canadian Space Agency

2. How do you clip your nails on a space station?

© YouTube // Canadian Space Agency

3. How do you make a peanut butter sandwich without gravity?

© YouTube // Canadian Space Agency

4. Can you cry in space?


5. How do you brush your teeth in space?

© YouTube // Canadian Space Agency

For more An Astronaut’s Guide to Life in Space videos check out this link or buy Hadfield’s books here

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02 2016

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