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How To Clip Your Nails In Space

An astronaut shows up how to groom in space. From space.

Posted on January 18, 2013, at 3:06 p.m. ET

So you're floating around in the International Space Station, and you notice your fingernails are kind of long. What do you do?

Well, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has a trick. Step one: Get some nail clippers. Any old nail clippers will do.

Step two: Find an air vent. It needs to be an intake vent, with a fine mesh grille.

Then, cut your nails as you normally would, just a couple inches from vent. The air flow should collect the nail fragments:

When you're done, you can just leave them there. Hadfield says he just vacuums them up later, during his regular cleaning routine:

Now you know. Thanks, Chris!

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