Noisy equipment tough on station crew AP

The image is one of quiet serenity: Astronauts on a space station gliding effortlessly around Earth, removed from worldly clamor. Here’s the shrill reality: The fans and pumps are so loud up on the international space station that astronauts who spent nearly six months on board consider noise one of the top habitability issues. “It’s always there,” says NASA astronaut Jim Voss.