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High Life: A Look Inside the NASA Shuttles

STS-26 crewmembers like to party.
STS-26 crewmembers like to party.
NASA

The Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to touch down tomorrow, bringing the end of an era of space travel, and with it, an era of freeze-dried ice cream, using tortillas as space frisbees and using the toilet upside-down. Sure, there's no "up" or "down" in a microgravitational environment, but there sure is when pee is involved.

To state the obvious, though, life on a space shuttle is hardly easy. You have to deal with cramped living spaces, Tang and flying food. It's like camp with zero gravity and bone loss.

We searched for images of living aboard the NASA shuttles and got some great insight insight into the daily routines of the Astronauts.

Kordae Ortega contributed to this report.

Jack R. Lousma lathers up in the crew quarters in one of the Orbital Workshops.
Jack R. Lousma lathers up in the crew quarters in one of the Orbital Workshops.
NASA

 

STS-45 blue shift crew members enjoy a velcroed-down meal on OV-104's middeck.
STS-45 blue shift crew members enjoy a velcroed-down meal on OV-104's middeck.
NASA

 

Jorts...In...Space! Wubbel Ockels crawls from a sleeping restraint.
Jorts...In...Space! Wubbel Ockels crawls from a sleeping restraint.
NASA

 

L. Blaine Hammond exercising on Space Shuttle Discovery's middeck.
L. Blaine Hammond exercising on Space Shuttle Discovery's middeck.
NASA

 

Joe H. Engle, STS-2 Commander, shaves in the middeck area of the Orbiter.
Joe H. Engle, STS-2 Commander, shaves in the middeck area of the Orbiter.
NASA

 

Just another upside-down card game. Not pictured: The adjacent tea party on the ceiling.
Just another upside-down card game. Not pictured: The adjacent tea party on the ceiling.
NASA

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