I spent four months living and working in the Russian cosmonaut quarters at the International Space Station, capturing stunning photos of the earth — and myself — as the only non-Russian resident. “Shuttle,” the book I wrote about the experience, includes photos, annotated with tips and helpful hints, on everything from how to shower in zero gravity to getting your eyebrows waxed in weightlessness to eating pureed vegetables from a cart to the tricky task of water weightlessness.
Here are a few of the most helpful tips.
Refresh your pore cleaner in zero gravity with ARM and a handheld hand brush. It’s not just a good way to avoid breaking any interesting things in space.
The lint brush is perfect for mending particles of dust, grit, and hairs.
How do you get over the initial fear of food storage? As Peggy Whitson and I found, patience is key.
Ice is both inhaled and swallowed. Avoid eating the ice cubes that come with drinks and seek them out in trays.
Consume canned goods in space. Not only will they provide calories — some of which you actually use — they provide a kind of immunity.
Small objects can jettison off the back of your food cart and land in one of the many sand and dust or earth effects known as Dragon Sand. This will either cause you to fear the risk of eating sand or being stuck with something you didn’t mean to have in your food.
Washing your food cart is not as simple as tossing a wipe down the side. Tip: Rub the railing down the side of the cart to make sure that you stay dry.
With a low orbit, don’t forget to drink while you work out and swim. And don’t forget to shower and go to the bathroom.
Check out “Shuttle” at Imaginary Worlds’ “Space Junk” Blog.