On 18th September 2006, a Soyuz TMA-9 rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, catapulted the first female in space, Iranian-American Anousheh Ansari. I stumbled upon her blog entry, probably transmitted from the International Space Station, where she’s currently put up. It’s obvious to note the change in lifestyle, that one has to adopt in order to stay in space.
An activity as simple as brushing teeth can be challenging. She notes that one cannot rinse the mouth and spit out, rather one has to swallow the whole thing (eeks). Also notable is the way people would wash their hair in space. They carry a water bag and make a water bubble out of it on their head and wash with some dry shampoo. There are exercising equipment and one must stick to an exercise regime since weightlessness due to gravity, can decrease the amount of calcium in bones, making them weak.
Keep visiting this blog for more interesting facts. I think she’s going to post a whole lot of stuff regularly. (Oh God, do I love Technology or what?!! :-)) Meanwhile, you can take a break and check some of her pictures on Flickr. Here’s wishing Anousheh all the very best for the future.