Today, 50 years ago, the Apollo 11 mission brought the first human to the moon. And as Tim Fernholz of Quartz wrote this week, there is a wealth of fabulous content to commemorate this wondrous achievement: the new documentary Apollo 11; Charles Fishman's New Book One Giant Leap, a chronicle of the struggle for a space program; Walter Cronkite's narrative of the event via the CBS news archive.
Today we want to respectfully add this Twitter thread about peeing in space.
On July 17, Maryin Robinette Kowal, the author of this thread, published in the New York Times a story about gender bias in space programs, which apparently produced a commentary on the alleged inability of women to urinate in weightlessness. Kowal, who appears to have studied in detail urine and defecation in space ̵
The first American in space, Alan Shepard, just had to wear his spacesuit. There were no plans for a quick trip, but there were delays on the launch pad. If you have to go, you have to go. So Shepard went and then went into space.
Later, astronauts were provided with condom-like casings that were available in small, medium and large sizes – but had to be renamed because no self-confident astronaut would choose the small size.
(The zero-gravity garbage specialist Donald Rethke said that the sizes in the documentary Moon Machines 2008.
Kowal noted that the system for Apollo included astronauts using valve-mounted condoms that "could suck their urine into the vacuum of space" in their suits.
It was not until NASA decided to send women into space that it improved the system thanks to the MAG or the garment with maximum absorbency. "It's a diaper," Kowal wrote, adding that the men had also switched to it, "because it was more convenient and less prone to messing around in the cabin than in the cabin Condom Case. "
Today, Kowal also tweeted live the launch of three astronauts aboard a Soyuz to the International Space Station, noting the beauty of the launch – "the hole that literally hit the clouds!" – and gave an insight into the suits of the astronauts.
"Yes, they carry all the MAGs" noticed them . "Space is glamorous."