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How does a bald man wash his hair in space? Science Fiction!


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 3:30 PM -

A shaved head is basically the easiest-ever haircut, and not hard to wash -- unless you live in space, like Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano.

Like basically everything else on the International Space Station, Parmitano's occasional head-wash looks like science fiction:

The water clings to his head like that because of surface tension, and that towel is specially designed to be super absorbent.

Parmitano put up the clip in response to his fellow astronaut Karen Nyberg, who filmed the process she uses to wash her long blonde locks in zero-G:

Given how much more complicated it is, we don't envy her:

When you live and work in the most advanced space science lab in history, surrounded by electronic equipment and VERY far from help, free-floating water can be your enemy.

Case in point: Parmitano was forced to cut short a spacewalk earlier Tuesday, due to a water leak in his spacesuit.

There was so much water in his helmet that couldn't hear or speak by the time he was hustled back inside the International Space Station.

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