Why do Russian cosmonauts pee on a tire before space launches?
Jul 4, 2015

We all have our own odd traditions, and astronauts and cosmonauts are no different. In fact, you could even argue that since their jobs are a bit, well, high-stress, their traditions are proportionally weird. For example: in Russia, before the cosmonauts board their craft for blast-off, they make sure to pee on a tire. But why?