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WATCH: The best how-to videos from space
Commonplace activities are both hilarious and fascinating when performed without gravity
Watch out that those water bubbles don't get away from you.
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he list of amenities astronauts don't have while living on the International Space Station is a long one. But let's focus on the essentials they go without: no running water, little refrigeration, no trash disposal, and — duh — no gravity. Because of these restrictions, astronauts are forced to get a little crafty when it comes to completing the most basic of tasks. Try washing your long hair without the luxury of pressurized water, or sleeping when you're unmoored. Does the ISS even have beds? Do you rest your head on a pillow? (Spoiler alert: No, but there are "space jammies.")

Luckily, humanity's courageous space-dwelling astronauts — particularly the dutiful Canadian Cmdr. Chris Hadfield — have heard our inquiries and responded with helpful little how-to videos to satiate our curiosities. Here are some of the best:

How to wash your hair in space

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How to brush your teeth in space

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How to cry in space

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How to puke in space

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How to sleep in space

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How to shave you head in space

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How to stay fit in space

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How to enjoy a cup of coffee in space

Lauren Hansen is the multimedia editor at TheWeek.com. A graduate of Kenyon College and Northwestern University, she started her career in arts publishing and has since worked at media outlets including the BBC and Frontline.

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