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Astronaut shows space station cleaning routine

Astronaut shows space station cleaning routine

It might not even have a lot of dirt on The spaceBut the astronauts who made the International Space Station (ISS) their homes need to clean up the environment. Routine Cleaning In the laboratory in Earth’s orbit is very strict, to keep microbes in check.

Usually there, the cleaning day is Saturday. All surfaces are disinfected and dust is removed. The cleaning procedures are shown by astronaut Frenchman Thomas Pescet, from the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Even away from Covid-19, They keep caring with virus, Either on equipment already on board or with what arrives at the terminal. There is no place for bad hygiene. “We have to disinfect all the surfaces we touch every week,” Pesquet said.

Nothing they use is so weird. In a video recorded to show part of the routine, the French astronaut uses a simple vacuum cleaner. “We have a lot of procedures on the space station similar to those we can find in hospitals and airports, designed to prevent the spread of bacteria,” he said.

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Before Pesquet, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti had already talked about cleaning up space. She spent nearly 200 days on the International Space Station, between 2014 and 2015, and talked about using disinfectant wipes on handrails, portable microphones, computers and, basically, everything the crew touches, to reduce the impact of bacteria.

“The most difficult units to clean are definitely Node 3, where we have the bathroom and exercise equipment, and Node 1, where we eat,” wrote the astronaut on a website. According to Cristoforetti, the crew takes turns cleaning the messiest units.

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She also mentioned that astronauts need to vacuum the ventilation grilles, which can get very dirty. “All the small debris that floats in the cabin is transported by airflow into the return grill,” said Samantha Cristoforetti. With this grid closed, the plant’s carbon dioxide scrubbing mechanisms could malfunction, making indoor air unsuitable.

At the moment, space agencies are studying advanced materials to make future space travel safer. This material can also be used on the floor to protect door handles, elevator buttons, and other things that many people touch.

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