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Tech & Science Moon-bound NASA astronauts get nifty sleeping bags for snoozing in space

05:56  09 november  2019
05:56  09 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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NASA astronauts will use these cozy sleeping bags on the way to the moon and back. NASA doesn't just hang sleeping bags from REI inside a spacecraft. A considerable amount of design and engineering work goes into making the crew comfortable for space snoozing .

NASA astronauts will use these cozy sleeping bags on the way to the moon and back. NASA doesn't just hang sleeping bags from REI inside a spacecraft. Astronauts have several tactics for mastering the art of sleeping in space that have also proven to be useful for snoozing on Earth.

NASA astronauts will use these cozy sleeping bags on the way to the moon and back. NASA© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. NASA astronauts will use these cozy sleeping bags on the way to the moon and back. NASA

Astronauts gotta catch some zzzs. NASA plans to send Artemis-mission astronauts to the moon and back by 2024. The multi-day journey means the crew will need to get comfy and stay rested while traveling. NASA's Orion team just showed us how they'll do it.

The Orion Twitter account shared a look inside the spacecraft where four blue sleeping bags are arranged around the capsule. Four is the max number of crew members it's designed to hold.

"Orion astronauts will be happy campers as they sleep under the stars 240,000 miles away from Earth," the Orion team tweeted.

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Moon - bound NASA astronauts will snooze in these nifty sleeping bags you can't get at REI. A considerable amount of design and engineering work goes into making the crew comfortable for space naps.

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NASA doesn't just hang sleeping bags from REI inside a spacecraft. A considerable amount of design and engineering work goes into making the crew comfortable for space snoozing. Jason Hutt, NASA's lead for Orion Crew Systems Integration, went into more detail in a Twitter thread.

Orion has six windows and each one is equipped with a shade to block out light. These are essentially the spacecraft version of blackout curtains. The shades have built-in openings to fit camera lenses so astronauts can snap the world outside while minimizing glare from the sun.

The lights inside the capsule are dimmed during sleep. "I've been asked why we don't just have the crew wear sleep masks," Hutt wrote. "The reason is fairly straightforward. For the baseline design, we try not to force the crew to have to wear something. Not everyone can sleep with a sleep mask."

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NASA plans to send Artemis-mission astronauts to the moon and back by 2024. The multi-day journey means the crew will need to get comfy and stay Astronauts can’t really stand up in space due to microgravity, for instance, while a patient’s treatment regimen can make them fatigued and sedentary.

NASA astronauts will get to use these cozy sleeping bags on the way to the moon and back.© CNET

NASA astronauts will get to use these cozy sleeping bags on the way to the moon and back.

The bags themselves can be positioned in various places around the capsule. They have arm holes that allow astronauts to hold a tablet while reclining. The bags are able to accommodate almost anyone.

"From a design standpoint, bag needs to fit 99th percentile male in height," Hutt tweeted.

NASA's ambitious Artemis timeline hinges on quite a few factors, including funding and overcoming delays in the development of its Space Launch System. At least we know the sleeping bags are progressing smoothly.


Chocolate chip cookies are about to be baked in outer space, the first test of an oven in microgravity .
There has never been an oven in space. Until now. Any day now, the first five chocolate chip cookies will be baked in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), an initial test of what happens in a zero gravity oven. But astronauts won't get to eat the fresh-baked cookies. Three of the chocolate chip cookies will get sent back to Earth for analysis, and the remaining two will go in the trash.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.Astronauts have never had a home-cooked meal in space aboard the International Space Station. Instead, their sustenance is prepared in briefcase-like "food warmers" strapped on to the walls.

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