Gigglebit: How Scott Kelly will wash his head for a year in space

31 Mar 2015

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Photo via NASA

Gigglebit is Siliconrepublic’s daily look at the lighter side of science and techology – such as the lighter side of a year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka and US astronaut Scott Kelly are settling in for a long-term stay on the ISS for the purposes of investigating the effect this will have on the human body.

But blurred vision, loss of balance and decreasing bone density aside – there are practical elements of living aboard the ISS that will impact the crew immediately. Take the simple process of washing, which, in microgravity, takes on a magical quality.

For the bald head of Scott Kelly, we have this example from Italian astronaut and former ISS inhabitant Luca Parmitano. While this looks incredible to us Earth-bound humans, I wonder at what point over the course of a year it will transform from a novelty to the everyday for Kelly.

Video via CoconutScienceLab/YouTube

As a bonus for all you long-haired lovelies wondering how you would treat your tresses on the ISS, here’s NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrating how easy it would be to rock a killer mohawk in space.

Video via VideoFromSpace/YouTube

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic