The Challenge of Brushing Your Teeth In Space
A typical day in space (is there such a thing?) starts a lot like a day on the ground, except that you are floating. Turn off the alarm. Unzip yourself out of your sleeping bag. Open the doors to the sleep station, haul yourself out.
On the International Space Station, I fell into a routine of cleaning up in the evening before bed, and then wearing a clean T-shirt and underwear for sleep. In the morning, I was already half dressed. I would pull on a pair of Nomex shorts and white cotton gym socks, ready to get going. This was the typical uniform onboard, except for when the cameras were going to be on.
When we had a scheduled video interview, we would wear a polo-type crew shirt or, in the case of a serious event, don a flight suit.
guest column, as we celebrate human life in space with our /”Get Me Off This Rock” week.