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The astronaut’s guide to life in space

4 minutes

Fun in zero gravity: the real reason astronauts go to space

Being an astronaut is generally thought of as one of the world’s most thrilling jobs, but the excitement of take-off, re-entry and missions in between is frequently offset by days and even weeks of downtime. Using 1980s-era archival video from NASA, this video from NPR shows how everything from sleeping and dressing to tossing a paper airplane is delightfully novel in space.

Director: Emily Bogle, Emily Bogle

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