How Astronauts Wash Their Hands And Make A Sandwich In Space

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

There are a thousand little things that we all take for granted on a daily basis that suddenly become a whole different challenge once you decide to relocate to a microgravity environment. Say, for instance, on the International Space Station. Even if you’re a space junkie like us, I’m betting there are still lots of stories astronauts could share that would make you go, “Well of course that would be tricky in zero-g!” Most of us won’t ever be lucky enough to make it into space, but thankfully we’ve got ISS Commander Chris Hadfield up there for us, answering submitted questions and beaming back one fascinating video after another. For instance, how the hell do you make a sandwich up there?

Well, first thing’s first. You need to wash those filthy hands of yours, you disgusting pig. Didn’t your mother teach you anything? So go over there and flip on that faucet and — Ack! Water everywhere! Things with blinky lights are shorting out! You’re having flashbacks to The Abyss! I hope you’re happy, because now the ISS is filled with runaway water balls and everybody has wet socks. Wet socks are the worst.

Fear not: Commander Hadfield is here to show you how it’s done.

Now that you’re all spruced up, there’s the matter of that sandwich. There’s no Subway franchise on the ISS (yet), so you’re just going to have to do it yourself. Where to start?

If you love the cut of Commander Hadfield’s jib as much as we do, you can check out his previous exploits, such as singing a duet with one of the Barenaked Ladies — while still on the ISS — and making some damn tasty-looking nachos.