Space is a great place to visit. But it is not easy to live up there! There are a lot of painful side effects in the journey that you might find weird. If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you may be familiar with Howard Wolowitz's time in space. Gross! From sudden peeing to dams of sinus-packing mucus, space journey is not a pleasure cruise. Above all, astronauts can't even burp in space. Although, it is a natural thing to do, the repercussions are not something you would want to experience in your spacesuit. Recently, a tweet has gone viral, where the Twitter user had posted a question to former International Space Station (ISS) Commander Chris Hadfield asking him why a human being high up in space cannot burp.
Here's the tweet:
You can't burp in space because the air, food and liquids in your stomach are all floating together like chunky bubbles. If you burp, you throw up into your mouth. So guess where the trapped air goes? https://t.co/4ZPMY9ixVA
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) November 2, 2018
The ground reality is you cannot burp in space as you do here on Earth. Explaining the reason Hadfield explains, “You can't burp in space because the air, food and liquids in your stomach are all floating together like chunky bubbles. If you burp, you throw up into your mouth. So guess where the trapped air goes?” How do Astronauts Pee and Poop in Space? NASA Astronaut Reveals The Misery of Spaceship Toilets.
Following the natural human body procedure, air travel from your stomach and out through your mouth in space. But lack of gravity is the trick! As Science Alert explains, when you have gas trapped in your stomach, it rises to the top because it is lighter than the food and juices in there. In space, there is no gravity. Hence, the gas does not rise to the top. It instead stays in your stomach mixed with all the other stuff. So, if the gas wants to come out, it brings all the material with it.
Now you know the bizarre process, which explains the horribly gross thing that will happen if you burp in space, when you are in your space suit. So now you know, why Wolowitz hesitated to go to space the next time he was invited.