What’s in an astronaut’s backpack?

Published on August 25th, 2011
What's in an astronaut's backpack?

Your bag fills up pretty quickly when you’re packing for a weekend away. So imagine how hard it must be for astronauts…

Space is very…well, spacious. But there’s only so much room on a space shuttle, so astronauts have to be really careful not to pack too much.

According to an article on www.lifeslittlemysteries.com, NASA allows astronauts to take up to 20 items that weigh less than a kilogram in a small nylon case.

One thing that is definitely makes the cut is an iPod. They have become a common item for astronauts to take to space, as they contain music, photos, movies and electronic books that would otherwise take up more space.

There is, however, a problem: standard iPod batteries aren’t certified for use in space. So NASA equips iPods with a converter that uses AA batteries.

Check out some of the more common items that have been included in past space missions:

Pic credit: SpacePhotoBill

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