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Peeing in Space--a Problem Solved...Eventually

How Do You Pee in Space?

It's the question astronauts get asked the most: how do you pee in space?

Alan Shepard became the first American to fly in space on May 5, 1961. Although NASA engineers had put considerable planning into his mission, noticeably missing from this extensive preparation was a way for him to urinate...
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Scuzzy Astronauts

It's illegal to litter by throwing your trash out the car window, but it turns out that astronauts do it all the time. In fact, they throw their DIRTY UNDERPANTS out the window (they actually pack them into a used Progress capsule to be incinerated in the atmosphere).
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Having Sex (and Children?) in Space

After a drink or two, having sex is a natural inclination. Will the lack of gravity be a problem? (It could lead to some interesting "positions"). A trip to even one of our closest stars would take decades and possibly even hundreds of years, spanning...
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UFOs Seen by Astronauts

During the STS-80 mission, which was launched on November 19, 1996, the Space Shuttle Columbia took a crew of five astronauts on an 18 day trip around the Earth, the longest flight in the history of the shuttle. During the flight, astronaut Story Musgrave looked out the shuttle windows and saw a large, disc-shaped object. After years of silence,...
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Is the Space Station Worth It?

There was a moment of panic down here on earth last week, when the computers aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that control the supply of oxygen and water crashed. As scientists and engineers struggle to get the computers working again, a physicist declares that the ISS is a waste of time and money.

Robert L. Park, author of...

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Another Strange Noise on the Space Station

Last November, we reported that astronauts on board the International Space Station heard a strange noise, as if something was hitting the ISS from space. Now they've heard the same sound again.

In November, astronaut Mike Foale said, "It sounded like a metal tin can kind of being expanded and compressed. It was a noise that lasted about...

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China Wall Can--and Cannot--Be Seen from Space

Chinese textbooks have always boasted that the Great Wall of China, built in the 5th century BC, is so big that it can be seen from space, but Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei, who was the first Chinese person in space, says he couldn't see it from his spacecraft Shenzhou V. However, Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan, who walked on the moon in December...
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Hobbyists to Launch Spacecraft

The U.S. and Russia were the first to launch spacecraft. The European Union is now launching their own spacecraft, and businesses regularly launch commercial satellites. Now, for the first time, U.S. hobbyists will launch a rocket into space. The Civilian Space Exploration Team of Minnesota plans to launch a rocket 70 miles into space from the...

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Astronauts May Operate on Each Other

NASA is developing a system to train astronauts to do surgical operations on each other. On long space missions, astronauts could be many months away from the nearest surgeon. They are especially concerned about bone fractures, and on a manned Mars mission, the gravity of the planet would make them more likely to occur.

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