It’s no secret astronauts have extraordinary lifestyles, experiencing things no human has since the dawn of time. As such, it makes sense they’d have a few tips, tricks, and secrets they’d want you to know. From the secrets to their success to the secrets of living in a space station for months, there’s plenty to learn from an astronaut. While some of these secrets are, frankly, humorous and not exactly applicable to most people, you’ll still want to lean in and listen to some of their sage advice. You may find their discipline and lifestyles to be inspiring. Here are 8 Space Secrets Astronauts Want You To Know.
Astronaut training is brutal
Astronaut training is no cakewalk. In one specific training exercise, they were shipped out to the freezing tundra of a Moscow forest to survive on their own. It was all in preparation for a trip to the ISS.
Speaking of vomit, most astronauts have thrown up in space and have various ways to deal with it. In fact, many astronauts spend ten minutes a day on a machine to train their brain to not get disoriented and throw up.
Space isn’t immune from bad smells. Over the years, astronauts have told stories of space shuttles and space modules smelling rank. Fortunately, the ISS is equipped with an air-filtration system to help keep the bad smells to a minimum.
Being in water isn’t like being in space
We all know astronauts train in water to simulate zero gravity. The problem is that being in water is nothing like being in outer space. The buoyancy is different and water provides resistance. Most of the time, they’re tested underwater for other things like working under pressure in a difficult environment.
Not only does the inside of a spaceship smell but space smells as well. Various astronauts have claimed it smells like raspberries, metal, or meat. Some have even said it smells like rum.
When astronauts enter space, their physiological systems are immediately disturbed. Some have experienced space illnesses, like cardiovascular deconditioning, acute radiation syndrome, hypobaric decompression sickness, and osteoporotic fractures.
Of course, astronauts, being humans, fart in space. Their bodysuits are equipped with a LiOH filter, removing the methane and carbon dioxide. This helps get rid of the smell but more importantly saves their lives. The gases produced from intestinal bacteria are technically flammable and are hazardous in a closed container.
It might seem like being an astronaut is the hardest thing they have to do, but the truth is becoming one is way harder. The odds are horribly against you. NASA claimed out of 6,000 applicants, they chose eight.