Here at Apartment Therapy we're used to peeking into the homes of everyday folks around the world. This, as far as I know, is our first chance to look at life orbiting around the planet. Before she departed the International Space Station for her return to Earth, astronaut Sunita Williams filmed a video tour, giving a glimpse into life aboard the craft.
I was just complaining to a friend about how difficult it can be to share a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment with another person. Now that I've seen how six people share two bathrooms (and I use that term lightly here) aboard the Space Station, I may never complain again. If you do nothing else today, you have to see for yourself how the astronauts relieve themselves aboard the Space Station. Hint: It involves color coded tubes, a little bit of suction and a variety of toilet papers. (The bathroom tour starts at around the 9:00 mark.)
The video also includes explanations of how and tours of where the astronauts sleep and eat and there's even a look inside the Soyuz capsule aboard which Sunita Williams returned to Earth back in November.
While life aboard the Space Station certainly looks challenging, it all pays off when you see the cupola, which affords an amazing view of Earth below.
(Image and video: NASA)