If you've ever wondered if farts are strong enough to send you into space, you're not alone.
The better news is that this question has now been answered by someone who would know it: retired US astronaut Terry Virts, who served as commander of the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Endeavor pilot during his two space travel trips.
Well … they are not. We are sorry.
Innocently, the conversation started with a tweet by astrophysicist Katie Mack about the plot of magnetic boots for use in weightlessness situations:
This comment led a Twitter user to ask about another way to float around in space:
Within minutes, Virts – also known for his breathtaking photos from outer space – provided an answer:
The problem has come to catch your breath. In an interview with Gizmodo in 2017, shuttle astronaut Mike Massimino was asked about the possibility of being driven by space farts and giants.
"[I] If you are really quiet and sneezing well, that would give you a little kick, yes," he said, but being driven by farts is "easier said than done."
He added that the bigger problem with farts is not the drive, but the bad air flow in a spaceship that causes the smell to "somehow hang around".
But at least he's better than Uranus. Jokes aside the name, a study from last year revealed that the atmosphere was filled with hydrogen sulfide, the same compound that produces farts and rotten eggs with a distinct odor.
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