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How To Clip Your Nails In Space

An astronaut shows up how to groom in space. From space.

1. So you’re floating around in the International Space Station, and you notice your fingernails are kind of long. What do you do?

2. Well, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has a trick. Step one: Get some nail clippers. Any old nail clippers will do.

3. Step two: Find an air vent. It needs to be an intake vent, with a fine mesh grille.

4. Then, cut your nails as you normally would, just a couple inches from vent. The air flow should collect the nail fragments:

5. When you’re done, you can just leave them there. Hadfield says he just vacuums them up later, during his regular cleaning routine:

6. Now you know. Thanks, Chris!

7. You can watch the whole video here:

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