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ISS Hygiene Activities - Issues and ResolutionsHygiene is something that is usually taken for granted by those of us on the Earth. The ability to perform hygiene satisfactorily during long duration space flight is crucial for the crew's ability to function. Besides preserving the basic health of the crew, crew members have expressed that the ability to clean up on-orbit is vital for mental health. Providing this functionality involves more than supplying hygiene items such as soap and toothpaste. On the International Space Station (ISS), the details on where and how to perform hygiene were left to the crew discretion for the first seventeen increments. Without clear guidance, the methods implemented on-orbit have resulted in some unintended consequences to the ISS environment. This paper will outline the issues encountered regarding hygiene activities on-board the ISS, and the lessons that have been learned in addressing those issues. Additionally, the paper will address the resolutions that have been put into place to protect the ISS environment while providing the crew sufficient means to perform hygiene.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Prokhorov, Kimberlee S. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Feldman, Brienne (Wyle Labs., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Walker, Stephanie (Wyle Labs., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Bruce, Rebekah (Wyle Labs., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Meeting Information
International Conference on Environmental Systems(Savannah, GA)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.