How does space affect your senses? An astronaut explains

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International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield, who commands quite a following here at DVICE, recently completed a five-part series that explores the side effects space has on the five senses.

For the privilege of going into the cosmos, astronauts trade in clear vision, peace and quiet, sharp taste buds, and almost their entire sense of smell. Click through these quick videos to learn exactly what happens, and why.

Hearing

Space is quiet and no one can hear you scream, but the ISS itself is a loud, continuous hum of fans and machinery.

Sight

Uh, apparently space can flatten your eyeballs. Also, astronauts see some trippy things when their eyes are closed.

Taste

Astronauts like spicy foods in space because their taste buds are dulled. Hadfield's favorite? Shrimp cocktail with horseradish sauce. Yum.

Smell

Being in space is like having a constant head cold.

Touch

All systems are go. The only real differences can be found on their feet since no one walks in space.

Via Gizmodo

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