ISS 'nauts touch down in Kazakhstan
Cady Coleman's hair back under full gravitational control
The International Space Station's Expedition 27 came to an end yesterday as Dmitry Kondratyev, Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli (pictured left to right, below) departed the orbiting outpost after 157 days in space.
The trio's Russian Soyuz TMA-20 undocked at 21:35 GMT. Commander Kondratyev backed the spacecraft to 600 feet from the ISS to allow Nespoli to grab video and stills of the complex with space shuttle Endeavour docked for the last time.
Following a separation burn at 22:15 GMT, and a deorbit burn at 01:36 GMT, the Soyuz returned gently to Earth at 02:27 GMT, landing southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
Hairdressers worldwide will doubtless be relieved to see Coleman's hair back under full gravitational control. Her substantial locks raised a few eyebrows during her stay in space, as this recent snap with Endeavour commander Mark Kelly demonstrates:
Back on the ISS, commander Andrey Borisenko, NASA flight engineer Ron Garan and cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev now make up Expedition 28. They'll be brought up to full strength on 9 June, when Soyuz commander Sergei Volkov, NASA flight engineer Mike Fossum and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Satoshi Furukawa dock a couple of days after blasting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome. ®
Re: Long hair in space...
Everyone in space should be shaved from head to toe.
Then wrapped in clingfilm.
Gravity, is what causes things thing to aggregate on the floor, movement around the floor causes items to be pushed aside (into corners) where grot aggregates.. In space there is no gravity so no grot accumulation. it stays in circulation until an air filter traps it.
as for the plug hole, all the fluids go that way taking everything with it (this is like air in space being circulated) BUT the plughole captures hairs because the hairs are 12 inches and the plugholes are 0.3 inches.. in space the air filters will get clogged by hair too, both long and short (so no difference) but they are cleaned/changed regularly.
Goggles for doing the cleaning...
Long hair in space...
I know that there are filters and what-not to catch bits of hair, skin, food, whatever else floats off and around humans in space but surely long hair is quite a pain to deal with (I'm thinking of the trouble two females in my house cause the bath plug-hole)?
I am aware that the photos show that there is NOT an issue (as she is allowed long hair in space), but I was wondering if anyone can explain why?
Paris icon, 'cos I'm as confused as she is.