One of the most common questions that people ask when thinking about astronauts is exactly how they drink whilst they’re in space. It can be difficult to imagine, especially when you consider the gravity – your imagination probably visualises water floating all over the place!
A while ago, I stumbled across this explanation video which helps people understand exactly what occurs when you’re drinking water in space. I guess it can be pretty overwhelming, but this video helps to explain how you can go about drinking when you’re in space itself.
If you watch the video, it’s actually pretty amazing! You get the opportunity to see what liquid actually looks like when you’re in space, which is pretty impressive. Not long ago you would never have got the chance to witness this kind of stuff, but fortunately there are a few good space YouTube channels out there that you can watch if you want to learn more about space.
Anyway, in the video we learn that the way that astronauts drink when they’re in space is by using a special straw that’s specifcally designed not to allow water out. This way, astronauts can be sure that no water escapes (you can see the bubbles floating around in the video!).
In the past, astronauts always used to eat through straws too for this same reason. If they have biscuits, they’d end up with crumbs all over the place! But nowadays, there are specially made foods that can ensure that they don’t break and make a mess, so astronauts eat in a very similar way to us down on earth do now too.
Many people think that astronauts have a drastically different diet than humans, but they really don’t. Most astronauts actuallydrink and eat exactly as they would on earth, with breakfast lunch and dinner being a staple. Of course if you’re in space for a long period of time, then it’s important to keep strict on your schedule, as it’s very easy to feel depressed and isolated when you’re an astronaut (even if you’re with other astronauts).
Overall, astronauts lifestyles aren’t that much different than the average day of someone on earth – escept that they’re confined to one gravityless environment for extended period of time, that is!