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Video: How Do Astronauts Wash Their Hands in Space?


Hate getting ready for work in the morning? Try doing it in space.

As earthlings, our everyday tasks usually require little thought or creativity. Not so if you’re an astronaut. Sans gravity, many of your most mundane routines suddenly become major engineering challenges.

Take, for instance, washing your hands. International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency recently took questions from students, including one that was curious about how astronauts manage to keep clean in space:


Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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