Chris Hadfield Explains How Astronauts Shave in Space [VIDEO]

Chris Hadfield on How Astronauts Shave in Space2013-04-08 – How do astronauts shave in space? ISS Commander Chris Hadfield demonstrates. Credits: Canadian Space Agency and NASA Expedition 34-35 Web page: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/missions/expedition34-35/ Hygiene in space Web page: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/living-hygiene.asp Find out more about this video: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/search/video/watch.asp?v=1_niul61g42013-04-08T14:03:17.000Z

Canadian astronaut and International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield is on a roll lately when it comes to explaining the finer points of living in space.

In his most recent video, Hadfield explains how astronauts avoid the five o’clock shadow while in orbit and without a sink.

“Shaving in space takes a little more care because your whiskers could float off,” he says, “You’ll breathe them and they’ll get into the computers and everything, so you want to be careful.”

He goes on to explain that astronauts use a regular razor, but need a special shaving cream, known as AstroEdge to get the job done.

Hadfield quips that his trademark moustache involves a bit more attention, requiring the use of a vacuum cleaner to prevent any messes.