Sunday, October 31, 2010

Space Life Isn't All that Fine and Dandy

Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica fans, here's a wake up call for us! If you (like me) have spent a considerable portion of your time dreaming of living in a space ship, you might want to think about it again. I came across an article called Horror Stories from Space - and boy, are they stories worth telling on Halloween!

They outlined the top 10 awful things that happen - for real - in space stations. Here are a couple that make me want to stick to fiction.

Toilet troubles



One of the peskiest recurring problems on the station is the toilet situation.

There are two toilets on the space station – one in the Russian segment, and one in the United States modules. But both have been balky, breaking and requiring on-orbit plumbing jobs to get them working again.

Then there's the issue of what happens to the waste water – as of May 2009, urine is recycled into clean drinking water, and is also recycled into water for bathing and food preparation.

"It's sort of one of those horrible and fascinating kind of things. It's like, 'You're going to drink urine?'" said astronaut Sandra Magnus, who was living on the station when the urine recycling system was installed. "We're not, we're drinking processed water that started as urine."

Man, talk about GROSS.

Losing your lunch



Space sickness, too, can affect the best of 'em.

Acclimatizing to life in zero gravity, especially since no simulator can reproduce microgravity on the ground, takes time. It's not uncommon for astronauts to lose their lunch after liftoff before they even reach the space station.

And, to make matters worse, spewing chunks in space creates rather more of a mess than it would on Earth, since projectile vomit doesn't project toward the ground.

That's it. If I ever go on a space joyride, I shall load up on Bonamine or some sort of medication to take care of this.

Still want to be a space jock???

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