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4 Responses to “A day in the life of a fake astronaut”

  1. dragonfrog says:

    I hope she gets to stay around a while after the experiment is done – 118 days in Hawaii without getting to go out for a nice walk, and then heading straight back to the continent, would be a real bummer.

  2. xzzy says:

    I was on board until it got to the “8 minutes of shower water a week”. 

    I turn into a person who’s no fun to be around (attitude, not stench) if I don’t get a shower every morning. 

    •  So take a one minute shower six days a week and you’re left with a two minute shower as dessert.

    • Ed Knittel says:

      8 minutes of shower water is A LOT of shower time if you conserve water while you’re bathing. It sounds like you can take as much time as you want lathering and soaping up as long as you aren’t running the water.

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