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What to Expect When You're in Space!

Leave a man, come back a hero
by Mikey Agulto | Jan 11, 2013
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FHM nation, check this out: The Axe Apollo Space Academy (AASA) is sending a Filipino to space by 2014!

To celebrate the global launch of a new fragrance called Axe Apollo, Axe has announced that, together with a space travel agency called Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) and XCOR Aerospace, they will be launching 22 civilians from different countries to the depths of space as they aboard the agency's Lynx space plane. See, dream expeditions like this are only previously possible for astronauts and billionaires. As of this writing, there have only been 530 space travelers recorded in history. It goes without saying that a free trip to space is like, the ultimate shiznit.

"Space travel for everyone is the next frontier for the human experience," announces Buzz Aldrin, an American astronaut who was a part of NASA's 1969 moon-landing mission Apollo 11. "I'm thrilled Axe is giving the young people of today such an extraordinary opportunity to experience some of what I've encountered in space."

The selection process includes signing up for the mission at, where a maximum of 10,000 Filipino passport holders will be invited to undergo a series of challenges, two of which will be sent to the Axe Apollo Global Space Camp in Orlando, Florida. One of them will ultimately be chosen as the "First Filipino Astronaut." For more information on this contest, swing by Axe Apollo's official website.

In line with this once in a lifetime opportunity, we're hooking you up with a tidbit of trivia to help you gain an edge once you ascend into outer space. Ni-research pa namin 'yan para sa inyo. Read on before you join!

Weightlessness affects the senses
With the absence of gravity resulting to the increase of fluid in the upper part of your body, astronauts generally experience visual impairment due to intracranial pressure, which puts more pressure on the back of the eyeballs and crushing the optic nerve in the process. Weightlessness also affects our sense of taste (astronauts claim food don't taste as good in space), which could either be credited to congestion, food degradation, and other psychological changes. Just be careful out there, or you may go back down to earth a blind and bitter man. At least nakita mo na ang kalawakan, noh?

Totall Recall
my ass

Space pretty much works like a vacuum - it sucks out all the oxygen, mass, and temperature in your body. But myths of people's heads ballooning and exploding inside out once they remove their suits may not be totally true. Our skin and circulatory system prevents the effects of decompression, although long amounts of space exposure certainly leads to hypoxia, or de-oxygenation of the blood. You won't explode like a meatball, but you will lose consciousness and die in two minutes tops, hence the need for oxygen machines.

In space, no one can hear you scream
Astronauts will not be able to hear each other in space. Even the person next to you will not be able to hear what you said. We're not even sure if you're going to hear yourself. Allow us to explain: Sound travels as pressure waves through the air, and since there's no such thing as air in outer space, there is also no means for sound to come through. We guess what we're trying to say is you're gonna wanna learn some sign language in space; chants of "Putangina, tuloooooong" will do you no good.

The cold truth about the sun
So Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny are mere figments of tales and tradition; our parents already laid out the hard truth on us as children. Plant a big one on them in return with this one: contrary to general belief, we'll have you know the sun ain't really yellow. Even more so, the sun is actually colorless. It is also not engulfed in flames; it pretty much looks like an intergalactic cue ball. The sun's temperature is 6,000 degrees Kelvin, and any star of that temperature can only be white. It is perceived as yellow for a reason: the earth's atmosphere makes its rays appear yellow-tinted. It's still a hell hole though - just because it's white don't make it any friendlier.

Even your vomit floats in space
There is such a thing as a space adaptation syndrome, a condition experience by around half of space travelers during adaptation to weightlessness. It is caused by changes in gravitational forces which affect spatial orientation to humans, resulting to nausea, visual illusions, disorientation, and lack of balance. Here's the thing though - while motion sickness medications can counter space sickness, astronauts prefer not to take them to allow themselves to naturally adapt to it over time, since most space missions take several weeks in its entirety. Better grow out of it than suffer the drowsiness caused by medication the whole trip, yes?

You ain't the first Pinoy in NASA
Should you make the Axe Apollo shortlist, you might want to give a shout out to Filipino NASA engineer Gregory Galgana Villar III, who took part in the successful Mars landing of the NASA rover Curiosity last August. The 25-year old operations systems engineer has been working for NASA since he was a junior college student, and has been on the Curiosity project since January 2011. Go ahead and say hello as well to NASA flight software technical lead Lloyd Manglapus, another Filipino. And then there's Dr. Ralph Basilio, the lead person behind NASA's research on carbon dioxide in space. Think you have what it takes to be in the same league as these space geniuses? Try sharing to them these facts and see where it gets you.

Click on the video below to see the lo down on this space academy thing, courtesy of Buzz Aldrin:

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