The space shuttle Discovery lifted off on Sunday, carrying a human guinea pig with the crew! Astronaut Koichi Wakata will be the first Japanese astronaut to have a long stay in the International Space Station. His visit will be three months long.
Since there are no washing machines aboard the space station, Wakata will need to take enough clothes to last for his entire stay. That’s a lot of underwear and socks! Wakata will report on the state of his underwear, wire himself with sensors, and he’ll perform tests such as arm wrestling to help scientists back on Earth understand the effects of living in space.
Read more about the mission on National Geographic News.
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