Friday, August 04, 2006
In Space, No One Can Hear You Clean
Russian space officials, facing an accelerated training schedule, severe budget constraints and soaring cleaning costs, attempted to save both time and money by washing the spacesuits used by cosmonaut Michael Tyurin of Russia and U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria while the men were still in them. After being repeatedly dipped in warm, soapy water, Tyurin and Lopez-Alegria were then squeezed by Russian space officials and later hung out on a line in the backyard of the Moscow facility. If they dry out in time, the two men are scheduled to replace members of the current crew of the International Space Station ISS.