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Life in Space

Astronauts are people who go into outer space. They travel into space on a space shuttle. The men and women who become astronauts train by learning what it is like to live in space.

Most space trips take about 10 days. Astronauts work, eat, sleep, and have fun during that time. Living in the space shuttle is different from living on Earth.

Floating Food

Eating in space can be hard because everything floats in the air. Juice poured into a cup would float away. Crumbs would get all over the machines.

Astronauts drink and eat in special ways to keep the ship clean and safe. They drink with special straws and pouches. The pouch closes around the straw so juice does not leak out.

Astronauts eat foods that do not make crumbs. For example, they eat tortillas instead of bread. Think of the foods you like that are messy. Astronauts probably cannot eat them in space!

Sleeping in Space

People usually sleep in beds on Earth. Most astronauts sleep in sleeping bags. The sleeping bags are in little cubbies. Astronauts sleep this way so they will not lose their pillows or float into something!

Working in Space

Astronauts have to work hard in space. They make sure that the machines on the space shuttle work well. They keep the ship clean. They check the engines that keep the ship moving. The astronauts also collect information about outer space and other planets. Their work helps people learn about space.

Space Fun

A space shuttle does not have much room inside. But astronauts can still have fun. Astronauts like to watch Earth from the windows. They also like to use exercise bikes or float around the shuttle together.