Ever wondered how astronauts wash their hands New video shows spaceman demonstrating the process
Canadian spaceman Chris Hadfield reveals the secret – no-rinse soap
Daily Mail Reporter
19:32 GMT, 3 February 2013
08:50 GMT, 4 February 2013
Their gravity defying existence has long been a source of wonder for mere earthlings.
But have you ever wondered how astronauts manage to complete everyday, mundane tasks like washing their hands, completely weightless
A new video released by the Canadian Space Agency has revealed the answer – no-rinse soap.
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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield beamed a video back from space to show a young caller how he washes his hands in the weightless atmosphere
Shown on YouTube, he squirts the solution from a straw attached to a pouch and it gathers in a ball, heading towards the ceiling
The astronaut will have to act quickly before the ball of handwash reaches the roof
In a question-and-answer session beamed back from space, astronaut Chris Hadfield took a young caller through the process step-by-step.
Pouring the solution – a mix of hot and cold water and soap – into thin air from a straw attached to a pouch, it gathers into a ball and floats upwards before he grabs it.
The solution clings to his hand and is then rubbed in, before, showing the quick reactions of a cat, he swipes a towel before it reaches the ceiling, and dries off.
The solution, a mixture of soap and hot and cold water, gathers on his hands before he rubs it in to get clean
The pouch now floating in mid air, he grabs a towel to dry off. He then hangs the towel so any evaporated water can go back into the space station to be used again
The towel is then hung to dry so the evaporated water can go back into the space station to be used again.
Chris said: 'The process is sort of like being in a sailboat and you need a clean, it's kind of the same thing.'
Trust an astronaut to turn an everyday task into a party trick.
VIDEO AWESOME! See Chris wash his hands in SPACE
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