February 14, 2007, - 12:46 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
. . . “Intergalactic Garment.” That’s the latest euphemism for astronaut diapers (another euphemism: “astro-wear”), in the wake of the Astronut/Lust in Space Lisa Nowack story from last week, as reported in the February 19 print edition of Newsweek.
(It reminds me of the disgusting “interspecies erotica” euphemism used in the equally disgusting “Clerks II.”)
Newsweek also reports that NASA calls them DACTs–Disposable Absorption Containment Trunks–and has a very interesting story about them. They are superabsorbant, absorbing 1,000 times their weight in water, and can last 8-10 hours. Sodium polyacrylate powder is woven into the fabric which soaks up the fluid and pulls it away from the skin.
They need to develop these for babies.
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