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Being an Astronaut Looks Like Complicated Work

While it looks like it could be a car engine, in this image Scott Kelly and Terry Virts performs maintenance on the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly that sits in the Japanese Experiment Module. It’s a pretty important piece of kit: it scrubs the air aboard the station to remove the carbon dioxide, allowing those aboard to breathe in safety. No pressure, boys. [NASA]

These are NASA's (Ugly) New Astronaut Shoes

By Adam Clark Estes on at

NASA is today sending the astronauts on the International Space Station a new pair of shoes. These so-called ForceShoes are not for space walks. They're actually a high tech measurement device that helps NASA scientists gain a better understanding of the effects that heavy loads have on astronauts' bodies.