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Shaving in space

How do astronauts shave in the weightless conditions of space?

You've got to worry about all sorts of stuff: bits of whisker escaping into the wild, droplets of water and shaving cream going on excursions, scarcity of water, aftershave attacking other astronauts. (My guess is the space station has lots of HEPA air filters, and presumably space capsules do, too.)

Does NASA have to approve an astronaut's choice of shaving implements? What do the Russians use? The Chinese, now, too?

Has anyone used a DE blade? My guess is they would be tricky to handle in weightlessness, as in avoiding grabbing the edge of a rotating blade. But it sure would be cool to see someone shaving with a Single Ring in space. Very "2001"ish.

And, has anyone on Star Trek, TV or movies, been seen actually shaving? How do they shave in the 23rd century? Does Capt. Picard shave his head?

Any other realistic futuristic sci-fi movies with shaving scenes (not that dystopian stuff where society has crumbled into nomadic tribes)?

While this might seem a rather abstract exercise, with the addition of all the new commercial rockets and space capsules coming online (not to mention the perennial talk of six-month trips to Mars, which I will believe when I see them), we are likely to see a space rush of more people going into orbit (professionally or as tourists), and, eventually, the Moon.

Got details?

Got clips?

Links always (well, usually) welcome!

Are you an astronaut in orbit right now? Feel free to chime in (if you have nothing better to do, like us). After all, Space Shuttle astronaut John Grunsfeld called in to Car Talk (anonymously) for advice. He also called Click and Clack for advice on repairing the Hubble Space Telescope.

 
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The scenes of several shavings on Apollo 10 are the earliest space shavings in human history.
Apollo 10 Astronaut Shaving Face Stock Video Footage - Storyblocks - https://www.storyblocks.com/video/stock/apollo-10-astronaut-shaving-face-5rhzycj

The "Gillette Techmatic" used in Apollo 11 is on display.Figure1.jpeg

A detailed study of the facts about shaving in space.
The First Time Anyone Shaved in Space — AstroCryptoTriviology - http://www.astrocryptotriviology.com/blog/2016/8/12/the-first-time-anyone-shaved-in-space
 
@ERS4, you quote an interesting article on shaving in space. What I can't understand is why straight razor shaving in space has not become popular. There is no problem with clogging using a SR, just wipe the blade on a moist sponge.
 
Probably because even the thought of a straight razor floating around the cabin in 0g is enough to terrify even the staunchest astronaut. ;)
Yes, some people should just never be allowed to use sharp objects.

BTW, it is not actually 0g, it is 0 relative gravity. If the spacecraft was not affected by the Earth's gravity, it would not ordit the planet but rather shoot off in a straight line away from Earth. Gravity is a most important part of orbital space travel. Basically, an orbiting spacecraft is in freefall due to gravity as it orbits.
 
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