For astronauts living and working in space, personal hygiene needs are the same as for people on Earth. Astronauts need to wash, to shaveand to brush their teeth. However, in the microgravity environment, water is precious and its use constrained. It is therefore an essential task to develop techniques that allow astronauts to minimise the amount of water they use for their personal hygiene.
Also, during spaceflight astronauts’ hair grows faster, their facial skin becomes dry and they sweat more. These hygiene issues need solutions, which could not only be useful in space, but also on Earth: for instance for people working and living in extreme environments or for use in hospitals.
To test or market innovative hygiene technologies, contact EHCN today.
Last update: 14 October 2005