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China’s Astronauts to Get Slimmest Ever Space Nappies – SCMP

Astronauts say that current space nappies are “too thick and cause a strong sense of pressure on the underside” according to a Chinese space research journal

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, left, and Megan McArthur, middle, sit with JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide as they await the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2021. Photo: NASA via Reuters.


Chinese astronauts will be provided with the thinnest nappies ever used in space exploration, after protesting about the irritation caused by thicker alternatives, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.

“Current nappies are too thick and cause a strong sense of pressure on the underside,” said a paper in the Chinese Manned Spaceflight Journal, quoted by the report. Researchers say the new nappies will be just 7mm thick compared to their 26mm predecessors and will be able to carry over 1kg of urine.

Read the full report: South China Morning Post


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Alfie Habershon

Alfie is a Reporter at Asia Financial. He previously lived in Mumbai reporting on India's economy and healthcare for data journalism initiative IndiaSpend, as well as having worked for London based Tortoise Media.


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