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December 23, 2013 AT 2:00 pm

Five DIY Hacks to Survive a Space Emergency

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Ever have nightmares that you’re floating in space all alone? Fear not- these DIY hacks could be the key to saving your life (even if it is only in a dream!) From snorkels to toothbrushes to spatulas (?!?) these tricks could be the key to the future of space safety. Via New Scientist.

Snorkels could become lifesavers on the International Space Station. NASA announced on Wednesday that during a series of three spacewalks scheduled for the coming week, astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will replace a failed pump module on the station’s exterior – part of the ISS’s vital cooling system – with this unusual tool to protect them. Find out how snorkels could save the astronauts’ lives in our rundown of surprising gear that has turned out to be vital in space.

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