For the entirety of Koichi Wakata's final month on-board ISS may have been his most uncomfortable for more than one reason. Koichi wore the same experimental under-garments for four weeks.
There was no report immediately available on how soon the first calibrator of Japan's new ISS Kibo module changed his clothes after Endeavour came to "wheels stop."
According to C/NET, "Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who returned to earth Friday, had been on the International Space Station since March," wrote Chris Matyszczyk. "And, well, I don't know quite how I am to put this, but he didn't change his underwear for a month."
"I know what you're thinking. We're both thinking the same thing.
"Not even in the the darkest, most slovenly days of our student youth did we wear the same pair of knickers for 30 days. Around seven days was our limit. Then we'd at least manage a hand wash in a sink.
"But here was the intrepid Wakata, prepared for the sake of all our futures to don anti-static, flame-resistant, odor-eating, bacteria-killing, water-absorbent underpants. Yes, water-absorbent."