Being an astronaut is hard work – not only are you floating up in space, away from the rest of the world, you have a lot of cleaning to do. But there are plans for a new system that would disinfect the interiors of spacecrafts and space stations with ultraviolet lights. Best of all, it would be autonomous. Plus: the Monday after Easter is the Polish holiday with the unforgettable name: Dyngus Day.
Not Polish? Don’t worry – here’s how to celebrate Dyngus Day (The Buffalo News)
In space, no one can hear you make a robot vacuum do your share of the cleaning.
A lot of us are in spring cleaning mode these days, but for astronauts, that’s kind of every day. You can’t leave crumbs out on your plate after dinner, or leave old hair in the shower, cause that stuff will start floating around with you! It takes a lot of regular work to keep clean in Earth orbit, including scrubbing, collecting trash and vacuuming. No laundry, as astronaut clothes are treated as disposable, but still, not an easy job. And the astronauts have to do it themselves. There’s no cleaning crew in space, and even with all that regular cleaning, there are lots and lots of microbes floating around, potentially creating a health risk down the road.
Enter a company called GermFalcon that specializes in sanitizing the interiors of airplanes. They’re now testing a system that would clean the interior of spacecrafts or the International Space Station with ultraviolet rays. And it would be autonomous, like robot vacuum cleaners today. Basically a space Roomba.
Or close to one. To be a real space Roomba it would need to have a space CAT riding on top.
Special shout out today to my friends in one of my favorite cities in the whole world, Buffalo, New York. The Monday after Easter is the Polish holiday with the unforgettable name of Dyngus Day. Buffalo is having its usual giant celebration, with a parade, people using squirt guns on each other, hitting each other with pussy willows, listening to polka music, and I hear there may be a few beers involved. Not sure on that.