Saturday, January 19, 2013

Things no one ever thinks about

Years ago, the USArmy did a survey on male vs female soldiers and found the main difference was...the girls knew how to do their own laundry. Yeah. One reason guys want to shack up with their girlfriends is probably so the girl can do it for them. So, in the USS Enterprise, who does Captain Kirk's laundry? And isn't that a waste of energy?

Popular mechanics article on laundry problems in space.

They still haven’t figured out how to do laundry in space. On the space station, they just throw away clothes and never see them again. You can’t do that on a 20-year mission or on a Mars base. What it comes down to are these very important questions of sustainability, using natural resources, recycling, use of energy and water, controlling pollutants.

Related item from BoingBoing:
how to clip your fingernails in space.

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