New Odor-Resistant Outfits Might Help ISS Astronauts Smell Better
With the help of a 58-foot robotic arm, the six Astronauts aboard the International Space station accepted the 3,300-pound Cygnus spacecraft care package from Earth filled with food, science experiments, mini-satellites and other equipment, as well as new clothing designed to help them smell better.
These new outfits have been designed especially for the six astronaut's daily 2-hour intensive exercise routine, because their current gym clothes supposedly really stink up the ISS joint.
Thanks to Astronaut >Mike Hopkins, we are already aware of the inherent ~Space stink~. So imagine what the inside of the ISS — a closed space with 6 sweaty exercising astronauts — must smell like!
The new fibers will hopefully prevent the bacteria responsible for body odor from being retained. This would mean that these busy astronauts wouldn't have to change their clothes quite as frequently.
The Cygnus, nicknamed "Janis" after the late Janice Voss, a five-time shuttle flyer who died in 2012, has now attached itself to the ISS, where it will spend the next month collecting trash and waste before making it's way back to Earth. "We now have a seventh crew member," Steve Swanson, Commander of the ISS, said. "Welcome aboard the ISS, Janice."