(Sebastian) We spoke to an astronaut on a Skype chat. His name was Commander Michael Fossum, and he has been on the International Space Station (ISS) 3 times. He’s even done space walks. Did you know that astronauts dehydrate their food (before they launch), and drink their pee to rehydrate it? But first they purify the water (Whew!).
(Juan Esteban) When we spoke to Commander Fossum (an ex-ISS Commander) on Skype, I discovered many things. One thing I learned was that their food is dehydrated, which means that before the food goes up to space they take all the water out. Another thing I learned was that they have to put very hot water in the package and let it rest for about 10 – 15 minutes. I also learned that in case of an evacuation they have to gather all the crew in one place and, if it is possible, they have to locate and fix the leak or fail. If it’s not possible, then they have to leave in the Soyuz capsule.
(Jose Miguel) He also said that when you are in the Soyuz capsule you get so squished because it’s so small.