Oh, The Questions We Have For Female Astronauts

Space mission. Space station. Space junk. We’re proud of space-loving astronaut Megan McArthur, who’s on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis with six dudes. The ship’s mission is to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and as chief robotics officer Megan used the shuttle’s 50-foot robotic arm to release the Hubble back into orbit. No one will see it again until 2010. [CNET] Before leaving, each astronaut had to pre-pick every meal for their 11-day mission from a menu. Everything they eat has to be dehydrated and packaged — runaway crumbs and liquids can damage delicate machines. Their fave form of entertainment in flight? They open a bag of peanut M&Ms and chase the candies around the cabin like fish after fish food. The seven astronauts have to sleep in a tiny sleeping space, while strapped down, or they risk getting sucked into fans or hitting equipment. Apparently, there is no snoring in space; gravity loosens up your air passages. [ABC]

But any girl who drank Tang and begged her parents to send her to Space Camp has questions for our girl Megan.

  • What happens when you get your period in space?
  • Do you need a bra, or do your breasts suddenly hover in perfect orbit?
  • What about wrinkles? Do they go away in zero-gravity?
  • What’s it like to go to the bathroom strapped down? How does that work?
  • Is it possible to have sex in space?
  • What’s the biggest misconception about space travel?
  • How stinky is everyone after eleven days in space with a limited water supply and rinse-free shampoo?

What do you want to know?