Itchy and Scratchy.
January 14, 2006 3:05 PM   Subscribe

What does an astronaut do if he or she is space-walking and then suddenly finds that there is an itch on their face that desperately needs scratching?
posted by Effigy2000 to Science & Nature (6 answers total)
 
They suffer.
posted by fred_ashmore at 3:10 PM on January 14, 2006


They turn toward the sun and let the cosmic radiation do its job.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 3:13 PM on January 14, 2006


Discipline.
posted by geekyguy at 3:17 PM on January 14, 2006


They go back inside, take off their suit / helmet, scratch, re-suit, and then re-exit the vehicle to resume the spacewalk, duh.
posted by Meatbomb at 3:18 PM on January 14, 2006


This problem happens in a lot of situations less fantastic than astronauts. Medical personnel especially, but I'm sure there are lots of other examples. You just kinda forget about it.
posted by rhyax at 3:20 PM on January 14, 2006


The official word from NASA: you scratch it with your microphone.
posted by Count Ziggurat at 3:21 PM on January 14, 2006


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