Astronaut Catherine Coleman unpacks for a stay on the space station. NASA
In Space, No One Will Do Your Laundry -- Popular Mechanics
University of Rhode Island design professor Karl Aspelund wants you to think about astronaut socks. In fact, he hopes his work with the 100 Year Starship Project—figuring out what kind of clothes space travelers will need for a long-duration mission—will change the way you dress, too.
How did you get interested in what clothes astronauts could use on a 100-year-long trip into space?
I had an NPR driveway moment when I heard Dr. Mae Jemison talking about the 100 Year Starship; I had to sit and listen to the whole thing. I immediately got this idea, and ran inside to email her saying, "Okay, you’re planning this long trip, but have you thought about what you’ll wear?" She hadn’t. Textiles and clothing are so integral to our lives, but that gets taken for granted.
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My Comment: It must smell pretty bad up there .... but if you are living in it all the time, who will notice.