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Life in Space 3

The Skylab and the Mir space stations had shower units, but on the ISS they use a water gun and a cloth to wash and dry themselves. A special shampoo is used for ‘washing’ hair.

Without a washing machine, clothes are worn for about two days and are then disposed of. Changing clothes is more difficult, as your limbs move and float at odd angles.

Life in Space 2

A hot and cold water dispenser is used to reconstitute freeze-dried foods and rehydrate drinks. Straws are used to suck liquids; eating utensils are fitted with magnets.

Astronauts use a sleeping bag hooked to the wall. They have to be positioned near an air ventilator, otherwise their exhaled carbon dioxide forms a bubble around their head.

ISS astronauts spend two hours a day exercising. Weights, bikes and treadmills help them to stay healthy, and stop bone and muscle loss caused by weightlessness.

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