How Astronauts Deal With "Molting" In Space

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On Earth, our dead skin flakes simply fall to the ground. That's not the case in the low-gravity conditions aboard the International Space Station. The skin particles just float around, which is what prompts astronauts to change clothes in front of a filter inlet that sucks it up. Calluses fall off feet too, because there are no hard impacts when taking steps in low gravity to keep the dead skin of calluses on feet.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Astronauts aboard the ISS are there are six months at a time. 00:35

  2. Astronauts report calluses falling off the bottoms of their feet in space. 00:54

  3. Astronauts change their clothes in front of a filter inlet to suck up dead skin particles. 02:16

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