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Russian cosmonauts long for hot showers on ISS

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Sep 3, 2010 7:31 am via: RIA Novosti
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MOSCOW – A team of Russian cosmonauts working at the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) are unhappy about the absence of hot showers onboard, a Russian cosmonaut said on Thursday.

The U.S. segment of the station has a shower cabin that was delivered by the Endeavor shuttle in 2008.

“There are wipes and towels onboard instead of a shower. It is not so easy to do without it for six months. Besides, it turned out that the towels we wipe ourselves with are not only damp, but also cold. Even if they are heated up a bit, they cool down very quickly,” said Oleg Kotov, who recently returned from the orbiting platform.

Kotov’s colleague, Alexei Lazutkin, said he had not faced a similar problem in the Russian Mir space station. Unlike the Russian ISS section, Mir was equipped with a shower booth, he said.

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