What’s It Like to Live in Space?

By Vince Matthews

Space…the final frontier. And just like the frontiers of old, this frontier is an unwelcoming one, where survival is both a challenge and an incredibly rewarding experience. But when “regular” (non-astronaut) people start living in space, what do we have to look forward to, beside astronaut ice cream and Tang?

Astronaut Tracy Dyson looks down on earth from inside the International Space Station. (Image: NASA)

Thanks to NASA and other companies like SpaceX, space programs are developing ways for humans to live safely in space and maybe even one day inhabit other planets, such as Mars.

Sure, most of us will never leave Earth, but one day, you or your children may live in space. So what’s it like to live there? And how accurate are those movies portraying floating pens and globs of water?

Home Sweet Spaceship
Well, wonder no more. A video from NASA hosted by astronaut Suni Williams gives us a tour of life in space and what it’s like for astronauts already living aboard the International Space Station (ISS):

ISS Commander Suni Williams shows you what it’s like to live in space. (Video: NASA)

In the video, she tours the living quarters (or HAB) and even shows us how astronauts work out, brush their teeth and even go to the bathroom in space. It’s a fascinating video that almost looks like a Hollywood produced viral video for The Martian or other sci-fi blockbuster.

What Makes a Good Astronaut?
Right now, if you want to live in space, you have to be an astronaut. Suni Williams is one. She holds the record for most spacewalks by a woman (seven) and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes).

When asked what kind of person would be ideally suited for the task of being an astronaut, she answered, “People who like to explore, people interested in math and science – that’s what this is all about.”

It’s also about the opportunity to do all the things you do on earth – from a lofty vantage point in space. Imagine watching the sunrise from space or waking up by floating out of bed in zero gravity.

Who says NASA doesn’t have a sense of humor? Inside one of two ISS bathrooms… (Image: NASA)

If you’re interested in space exploration and want to be an astronaut, you’re not alone. The next step is pursuing your dream. A good start would be learning about rocket science.

Digital Media Academy offers STEM camps and courses that can help plot a path for a future spaceman – or spacewoman. But NASA is looking for other skills as well, like electronics engineering and problem solving.

Living in space will certainly have its challenges – challenges that future generations will face head on. The final frontier is waiting.