astronauts

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.


Fireballs And Wolves: The Horrifying Story Of The First Spacewalk

Almost 60 years ago, we took our first steps into the big, black nothingness of space. Or more specifically, Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov had the honour of taking the very first space-dip. But this was a rush job — a means for the Soviet Union to shame the US and win the space race once and for all. Which they did! While nearly killing every single astronaut on board in the process.


How Cramped Is It Inside A Space Shuttle?

Here’s a simple visual exercise you can do to get a better feel for the approximate living area inside one of our amazingly complex and now-retired space shuttles.


MIT's New BioSuit Shrinkwraps Astronauts To Hold Them Together

Our current spacesuits are awesome pieces of technology, but they certainly have their limitations. This is why MIT scientists (and NASA itself) have been working on a next generation spacesuit. And their latest innovation is super futuristic.