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The World's Deepest Pool Would Help Train Astronauts

Here’s a silly confession: I’m irrationally afraid of deep swimming pools. So when I first saw this rendering of what could become the world’s deepest “space pool”, my gut reaction was to turn off my computer and run for the hills. But the logical part of my brain reminded me that this would actually be pretty awesome.


Watch A 3-Person Crew Blast Off To The International Space Station

At 5.02pm EST (7.02am AEST), three astronauts will be blasting off aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Six hours later, they’re expected to dock at the International Space Station, beginning a five-month stint in orbit.


Laser Analysis Reveals That Astronauts' Skin Gets Thinner In Space

Astronauts have thin skin. That’s not a slur on their ability to fend off criticism, but the finding of a study being carried out by European scientists to understand how the dermal health of space travellers changes while in orbit.


Why It's Impossible To Design A Perfect Spacesuit

The first factor that needs to be considered in the design of a space suit is “what will the suit be used for?”


Why Astronauts Eat Tortillas In Space, Explained In One Comic

First We Feast reader Juan Cisneros made this great comic explaining why astronauts eat tortillas instead of bread in space. Mexican astronaut and scientist Rodolfo Neri Vela was the first requesting them for a mission back in 1985. From that moment it became a staple of the astronauts’ diet.


There's Poop On The Moon

It should come as no surprise that the Apollo astronauts left a few things behind after landing on the moon. Since the lunar module could only lift so much weight off the surface, they swapped out unwanted goods and gear for moon rocks. Among those unwanted goods were all kinds of weird things. What kinds of weird things? There were 96 bags of poop, pee and puke.


Start Your Astronaut Training With This Fake Spacesuit Sweatsuit

Even if you’ve watched movies like The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, and Armageddon so often you can recite them by heart, NASA isn’t even going to look at your resume if you’re not in shape. So start your unofficial astronaut training with this sweatsuit that’s printed to look exactly like Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit.


The First 3D Printer In Space 3D-Printed Its First Object

While you were probably wishing Thanksgiving break would start already, the astronauts on the International Space Station made history. They 3D-printed a spare part for the 3D printer. In space.


Gizmodo Visits NASA: Taking Virtual Reality To A Whole New Level

We’ve seen how NASA recreates the vacuum of space right here on Earth, but what about the gravity of space? What about the forces of inertia? When large objects move and behave so differently, how to you train for a mission so you know what to expect when you get there? Like this.


How NASA Deals With Odour Inside The International Space Station

Space may be a vacuum, but at least aboard the International Space Station, smells still have plenty of room to waft. And considering the ISS has 6 living, breathing, excreting human beings living in such close proximity, some of those smells could get to be a major problem. Fortunately, NASA has accounted for that.


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