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Overwear the Underwear? Two months and No Complaints, Astronaut Says

26 Jul 2009, 23:54 UTC
Overwear the Underwear? Two months and No Complaints, Astronaut Says NASA
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Two months without changing his underwear and no complaints
from his housemates, reports Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who returns home
this week after four months aboard the International Space Station.

Wakata has been wearing special undergarments dubbed
“J-ware” designed for the Japanese space agency. The clothes are threaded with
antibacterial and deodorizing materials.

"(For) two months I was wearing these underwear and
there was no smell and nobody complained,” Wakata, speaking in Japanese, said
through an interpreter during an inflight press conference Sunday.

“I think that new J-ware underwear is very good for myself
and my colleagues,” he said.

Wakata is scheduled to return to Earth on Friday aboard
shuttle Endeavour.

You can read more about J-ware here.(Photo: Japan's Koichi Wakata aboard the station's Kibo laboratory. Credit: NASA)

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