5 Sickening Secrets About Space Travel | All5!. So the idea of travelling into space might seem really cool but it’s not as straightforward as most like to think.
The fact of the matter is, getting to space isn’t the only hard part, there are a number of obstacles we have to overcome and some of them are pretty sickening.
So in this list, I’ll be showing you 5 sickening secrets of space travel.
5 ) Bodies In Space
If an astronaut perishes in space what exactly happens to their body?
That’s a question not even NASA can answer and they haven’t really given it much thought.
However, since NASA has plans to send humans to Mars the likelihood of humans passing in space will only increase.
There will come a point where people start passing in space, it’s just at the moment not many people are active in space.
One idea is to just simply release the body into space, however, the problem here is that the United Nations prohibits dumping litter in space.
That does include humans.
They could store the body in the spacecraft and simply bury it when they return to Earth.
However, storing a body in a spaceship is not exactly a good idea especially when other people are on board.
How about they use the body as fertiliser when they land on Mars.
Again that could work but it might not and it’s not exactly ideal.
NASA has been working with a company called Promessa that are a burial company.
They are developing what is called a “Body Back”.
This is basically a sealed airtight sleeping bag that can store a corpse outside the spacecraft.
The freezing cold temperatures of space will freeze the body and the vibrations will shatter the body into small fine particles.
When the spacecraft returns to Earth all that will be left is a fine dust.
4 ) Astronauts Recycle Their Urine
As you can imagine access to fresh water on board the ISS isn’t great.
Bringing up supplies like water is expensive so anyway they can recycle liquids is welcomed.
One way NASA has done this is by creating the Water Recovery System in 2009.
Essentially this system recovers and recycled urine, sweat and more into drinkable water.
The water is of course completely safe to drink but it’s still a little disgusting when you think about it.
3 ) All Astronauts Wear Diapers
When NASA designed the first space suit, they completely forgot about what would happen if an astronaut needed to go to the toilet.
This led astronaut Alan Shepard no other means but to pee inside his space suit.
As time went on NASA tackled this problem by inventing the first ever space nappy.
Essentially it was a jonny like device that astronauts wore in their space suit.
However, as females joined the space party their jonny like device had to be modified.
This time they came up with the Disposable Absorption Containment Trunk.
It could be used by both men and women and could handle both pee and poo.
In 1988 they updated the design and called it the Maximum Absorbency Garment which in essence is a high tech adult diaper.
Each Astronaut is given three of these diapers for every mission.
One to wear when going into space, one for returning to earth and a back up one should they need an extra.
2 ) Astronauts Pleasure In Space
Yes its true, but it's not just for self-pleasure.
You see Astronauts are always at risk of getting urinary tract infections.
Symptoms are quite severe such as fever, nausea, pain when urinating and more.
This can even lead to space missions being terminated so NASA wants to make sure their astronauts remain healthy.
From 1981 to 1998, 23 of the 508 astronauts sent into space suffered from Urinary tract infections.
In men, they believed this could be caused by reduced ejac.
If a man doesn't ejac, bacteria can build up and cause an infection.
So while NASA hasn't officially said they advise astronauts to self touch in space, it has been hinted that they do.
A Russian cosmonaut, however, admitted he made "with hand" whilst in space.
1 ) Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Is A Problem
Carbon Dioxide is a very dangerous gas.
Its odourless and can even end if you breathe too much of it.
On board the Internation Space Station there is a higher than normal concentration of carbon dioxide.
Here on Earth, the concentration of CO2 is about 0.3 Millimeter of mercury whilst on the ISS it can reach up to 6 Millimeter of mercury.
The side effects of this high concentration of CO2 are things such as headaches, irritation, difficulty sleeping and more.
In fact, most astronauts complain of these side effects early into their missions.
The ISS does have fans that blow the CO2 around to disperse it but this isn't enough.
Realistically they need to come up with a better method otherwise it will only get worse.
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