Astronauts have a wide variety of reactions to living in space. Some said it made them feel small and insignificant. Here are the list of 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Living In Space?
1 Nearly every astronaut experiences some space sickness, caused by the wildly confusing information reaching their inner ears. In addition to nausea, symptoms include headaches and trouble locating your own limbs. Just like college, really.
2 And those are the least of your worries. In weightlessness, fluids shift upward, causing nasal congestion and a puffy face; bones lose calcium, forming kidney stones; and muscles atrophy, slowing the bowels and shrinking the heart.
3 At least you’ll be puffy, constipated, and tall: The decreased pressure on the spine in zero-gravity causes most space travelers to grow about two inches.
4 Lab rats sent into space during midpregnancy, while their fetuses’ inner ears are developing, spawn some seriously tipsy babies. No humans have yet been conceived in space, so we can only imagine.
5 So that’s what it takes: A 2001 study showed that astronauts who snored on Earth snoozed silently in space. But astronauts sleep less soundly; 16 sunrises a day throws a major wrench into their circadian rhythms.
6 And Ziggy played guitar. At the start of the workday on the space shuttle, mission control in Houston broadcasts wake-up music, usually selected with a particular astronaut in mind. On the all-work, no-play International Space Station, crews wake to an alarm clock.
7 If you are ever exposed to the vacuum of space without a suit on, don’t hold your breath: Sudden decompression would cause your lungs to rupture. In addition, water on the tongue, in the nose, and in the eyes would boil away.
8. More explosion paranoia: Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s space-tourism company, reportedly considered barring women with breast implants due to fears that they might blow up.
9. Today astronauts can spice up their meals with salt and pepper—in liquid form.
10. Returning astronauts report extreme difficulty moving their arms and legs right after touchdown, one reason why they call landing “the second birth.”