• Question: Are astronauts allowed beards?

    Asked by EvilPossum123 to Charlie 🚀, Kirsty on 24 Jun 2016.
    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 24 Jun 2016:

      I don’t think there is a specific rule against beards- unless they would interfere safety equipment- like the masks they need for firefighting.

    • Photo: Charles Laing

      Charles Laing answered on 24 Jun 2016:

      Hi EvilPossum123,

      A lot of astronauts in the past have come from military backgrounds and are used to strict regulations on facial hair and length.

      However, there is no reason why an astronaut on-board the International Space Station (ISS) could not grow a beard if they wanted to! 🙂

      Charlie 🚀