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Space Exploration by Carole Stott
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Aug 06, 09

bookshelves: children-s, nonfiction, arts-and-photography, science, history
Read in August, 2009

My new favorite name: Wubbo J. Ockels. (He's a Dutch astronaut who invented a sleeping bag that works in weightless environments.)

This is a British book, so there's not that much on the American space program.

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message 1: by Seizure Romero (new)

Seizure Romero I would like to acknowledge the Wubster's contribution, but I have to know-- how would a sleeping bag not work in a weightless environment? Did he invent one with suspenders? Is it covered in Velcro® so that astronauts can fling themselves at a special sleepy wall at bedtime? Does it have special shielding to prevent cosmic rays from turning its inhabitant into the latest Fantastic Four intern? Please explain.

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Exactly right, Seiz! Go to the head of the class.

Apparently, sleeping in a weightless environment is a challenge because one keeps floating along and bumping into things. The Wubster's sleeping bag attaches to the wall and mimics the pressure of bedclothes that an Earthly sleeper feels.

I forgot to mention that the authors of this book are OBSESSED with the question, "How do astronauts go to the bathroom?" At least six times, they mention space underpants, space diapers, space wipes, urine nozzles, etc. Also, there is a diagram of a space toilet.

message 3: by Seizure Romero (new)

Seizure Romero To think that being a smartass occasionally pays off....

My next guess was whether or not it had an attached helmet. And I'm REALLY glad to know it didn't have, um, 'bathroom hookups'. 'Cause that would be gross & I don't want to think about it.

I think a sleeping bag with suspenders would be sweet. Almost as sweet as turtleneck pants.

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