Hanging out the washing on the ISS ..

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Hanging out the washing on the ISS ..

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If there's one thing the International Space Station doesn't have it's a launderette. Washing clothes on the ISS presents something of a challenge where water is at a premium, in a closed loop system, and where every drop has to be purified and reused. And there's a necessity for finding a suitable detergent.
As it stands now, astronauts have to wear the same clothes repeatedly between the arrival of supply ships. Each crew member receives 160lbs ( 72.6kg ) of clothing every year.
Proctor and Gamble is collaborating with NASA to produce a suitable space detergent. It's hoped that the first test of a product will take place in a resupply launch to the Station next year. The detergent's ingredients will be tested to show how they react to microgravity and radiation.
Has NASA ever considered supplying astronauts with disposable paper clothing? It made its first appearance in the '60's, and was modelled by air hostesses as a novel new fashion, but then went out.
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I do vaguely remember some media activity regarding Ladies paper underwear from that period :lol:

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On second thoughts Brian, paper clothes might carry a weight penalty for supply vessels. Paper has a high proportion of water in it compared, for example, to cotton.
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