KOMPAS.com – Being in space is certainly an extraordinary experience for astronauts. However, this is not as easy as we imagine. The absence of gravity means that many of the habits we make on Earth should not be made in space.
One of them is belching. Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), who asked questions about nitrate from a Twitter user, explained that apparently we could not make the habit in space.
"You can not burp in space because the air, the food and the liquid in your stomach float together like thick blisters, and guess where the trapped air goes," Hadfield replied.
If on Earth, the air in the stomach rises and can be removed from the mouth because it is lighter than food and liquid.
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However, it is another story if you are in space where there is gravity. The gas coming out of your mouth gets mixed up with all the other things in your stomach. It is a kind of mixture of belch and vomit called "bomit"
"When someone burps in space, it is often" humid, "which means some liquid is also released," said Robert Frost, a NASA engineer.
The same thing was expressed by Charles Bourland, a consultant at NASA's Food Technology Center in 2011.
"If you burp in space, it is usually wet because liquids and gases are not as far apart as Earth's," he explained.
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Fortunately, an astronaut named Jim Newman was able to find a way to burp without bomit in space.
In the book "How is it in space?" written by Ariel WaldmanNewman called his technique push and burp, also known as push and hurch.
"By pushing the wall, it creates energy instead of the gravity that holds the food in your stomach. This gives you a small chance to release gas without consequences.bomit), "Waldman wrote.