Live in space
There are people who live a lot of km far from their home. They are the astronauts. They work in International Space Station. The space station is like a house in space. It has living areas for eating, sleeping and exercise. Astronauts on the space station do a lot of experiment. They help to learn more about the world.
Life is different because everywhere is weightless. People and thing float. Your food can be on the floor, the celling or the wall. They can’t have a shower like on Earth. They use a special vacuum hose. People don’t walk, they float that’s why they have to exercise every day to be fit. They can’t sleep in beds, they have sleeping bags on the wall!
Eating is different too. Straps hold the food on the table and there aren’t any chairs because they float. All the food is dried or in tins because there’s no fridge. It’s all prepared on Earth. They don’t do the washing up, they just throw the containers. The space station looks like a football pitch and astronauts have to clean it every day.
In the space station they wear the same uniforms for some days, after that they throw them away. When they are outside they wear a special space suit.
When astronauts have free time, they often email, read books and watch movies and sometimes look out of the window to watch their real home - Earth!
Life in space isn’t easy. Astronauts work hard, but it’s great fun. Astronauts are brave but they are very lucky people!
What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Space’?
Do you want to be an astronaut?
Would you like to live in space?
Who was the first astronaut?
Can you dress in special space suit?
If you could ask an astronaut a question, what would it be?