Hundreds of you sent in questions for Skunk Bear's live conversation with three astronauts and NASA's chief scientist on Tuesday. Thanks! The most common question was: "What happens when you get your period in space?"

    I didn't end up asking them this question because:

    a) The question itself has a lot of historical baggage;

    b) The answer is pretty boring.

    But since people were genuinely curious, I decided to answer it here.

    First, a little history. In the early days of space flight, menstruation was part of the argument for why women shouldn't become astronauts.



_refugee_:

If I could never get my period again that'd be cool with me.


posted by thenewgreen: 1185 days ago