The worst things about being an astronaut

If you're thinking of becoming an astronaut one day, be prepared to face some tough realities. Here are the top 5 worst things about being an astronaut.

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Astronaut Rock. They are what half the children dream of growing up. People who have achieved their success objectives can tell you — it’s worth it. To be one of the first professionally trained humans to leave your home planet, fly into space, and look back at the tiny green marble is an unparalleled experience in all its awe and wonder. Its majesty.

They also spend all their time grooming and rolling over the dead skin.

There is much anger and danger for all the glory that comes with space exploration. Alan Shepard, the first American to fly into space, went through the entire journey to complete journey well. And in the 60 years since, it hasn’t gotten any better. Every ‘small step towards man’ is just one bad day (artificial) by a stinky, almost insanely irradiated soldier/engineer who walks across the whole event horizon.

With that, in a sense, here are the ten worst things about being an astronaut.

Training is a nightmare

Yes, millions of children dream of becoming astronauts. Too immoral less than 1% of applicants are selected, and the only ones who apply in the first place often have advanced science degrees and exceptional military service. In other words, that 1% was chosen from the top 1%.

But if you do that, then the preparatory training is intense. One training routine is to spend the day immersing yourself in a giant swimming pool, practicing the mechanical processes necessary to keep a station running. Another test was swimming laps while wearing a standard NASA flight suit that weighed more than 200 pounds. Still another test/training process is to ride on the famous Comet Vomit, a plane that flies in a parabolic arc, simulating weightlessness. It does this about 50 times per session, often earning its nickname.

You’ll get motion sickness and a hangover

Talk about vomiting: It’s hard to organize your lunch. Lack of gravity/low gravity prevents the vestibular system in your inner ear from working, which means your sense of balance is ruined. When the inner ear cannot function the way the eyes are sensing, you get motion sickness which, as we all know, leads to vomiting.

Although astronauts are often used to motion sickness, known as space adaptation syndrome, over the next few days, other more permanent problems remain a constant threat. However, both the shuttle and the station had a bad smell. As astronaut Chris Hadfield said, “The toilet is suitable in the center of everything. You have up to seven individuals, and it’s a small ship. It’s like seven people with a potty for two weeks in a camper van where you can never go out. ,

Your skin falls off

When asked what the best item about living in space is, the ESA’s Time Peak astronaut replied: “Watch the soles of your feet break.” Because astronauts rarely use the soles of their feet – almost only when they exercise – the soles of the feet soften and soften until they are “like an infant.”

But to be soft, feet must gradually remove all the dry, hard skin accumulated during a lifetime of walking. The skin peels off bit by bit, bit by bit, bit by bit. After a few weeks, the astronauts had to be careful not to take off their socks, lest they end up with a “shower with patches of dead skin removed from the cabin.”

You’re Going A Little Crazy

When the 2020 pandemic first began, when many people were forced to face relatively prolonged isolation for the first time, many astronauts were asked how they would cope with their isolation. I am often like that. Answer? With hard work every day.

Astronauts report a lack of quality sleep (see below), isolation, loneliness, depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, mood swings (called emotional dysfunction), lack of concentration, and even PTSD. It’s easy to work all day, where any setback could be death, then go to bed without a loved one, sleepless, and repeat the same thing repeatedly, possibly every day. Hundred times in a row.

You Can Be Deaf

“Wait, that’s impossible,” you say. ‘Space is a vacuum; there is no vibration of the air, no sound. It is completely silent.’ Indeed, this doesn’t apply inside space shuttles and space stations. They are not big enough. Loud enough even for partially deaf astronauts.

Space groups like the ISS are an ecosystem of computerized and digital parts always in motion, vibrating, and rotating. Even habitable areas on the ISS, away from the science instruments at the center of operations, can reach 75 decibels. The CDC warns that prolonged noise beyond 70 dB can damage hearing. Indeed, NASA astronaut Bill MacArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev lost their hearing after going to the ISS in 2006.

Sleep Tight

After a “hard” day of arithmetic, engineering, and science, you’d think astronauts could count on at least one “night” of sleep. Too bad about a dozen incidents that conspire to prevent it from happening forever.

For one, the above is continuous noise. On the other hand, there are flashes of light that astronauts see, even with their eyes closed, that are thought to be caused by cosmic rays passing through their eyelids. Then there are the sporadic and frequent sunrises and sunsets that sweep across the ISS, sometimes up to 16 times per day. Then, the lack of gravity forced the astronauts to brace themselves against the wall to avoid colliding around their cabin.

Times consecutive irradiation

Our atmosphere and magnetic shield on Earth protect us from much of the incoming cosmic radiation. In space, astronauts consume most of their time overcoming those two barriers. They are therefore regularly exposed to cosmic radiation – almost like survivors of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Astronauts suffered 2,000 millisieverts (a measure of biological damage from ionizing radiation) from continuously being bombarded with high-energy protons and ions. As noted, these levels are similar to those experienced by nuclear bomb survivors. Studies have linked this radiation to certain types of leukemia and lymphoma. For its part, NASA is constantly re-evaluating ways to limit risk, including shortening the ISS by higher-risk astronauts.

Your body needs gravity.

With the lack/low gravity in space comes many challenges: motion sickness, skin damage, and sleep problems mentioned above, but there are many more challenges.

First, gravity is what holds the contents of your stomach and allows the gases to escape, so without it, burping is impossible, and your stomach becomes a ball. Large acid. Gravity, on the other hand, helps determine your altitude above Earth by compressing your vertebrae. Without it, astronauts are higher up in space. The lack of compression caused his spinal cord to stretch within hours. After returning to Earth, the spinal cord will recover quickly.

As Korean astronaut Soon Yee put it, “Both experiences were harrowing. I gained an inch in space over three hours and shrank back again in the same short amount of time. My back pain is very intense.”

No, seriously, it needs gravity

Not to kill a hovering horse, but your body needs gravity. It is not only cosmetic and superficial changes that can cause weight loss but also severe problems affecting muscles, blood, and bones.

Without gravity, the blood flow in astronauts is complicated and sometimes even reverses. While most of the time, this only results in a swollen, red face and weak legs, it causes at least twice the number of blood clots in the veins, which can be fatal. In addition, muscles are both under-circulated and underutilized.

Astronauts are forced to exercise continuously to prevent their muscles from atrophying and even undergo rehabilitation programs one to two months after their return. The same is valid for bones, which, like muscles, depend on gravity since astronauts are more likely to develop osteoporosis while in space.

Getting into the bathroom is the worst part

OK, it doesn’t compare to the risk of leukemia or a fatal blood clot, but astronauts are often at risk: urinating and defecating are the two worst parts of life in space.

Peggy Whitson, who you may know for holding NASA records for most time in space, has said that using the bathroom was her favorite part of her life in space. Urination, considered the easier of the two, involves sucking urine out of your lower area with a machine that turns it into the water you drink.

“You must put the rubber gloves on and pack it down,” says Whitson. But of course, some of the buds came out of the pit and floated around the station due to the low earnestness. Then it’s time to play ‘Catch the Turd’ at the world’s best game, our space exploration pioneers.