May 27th, 2008


Space station lone toilet on the fritz...

Ok, so who was the smart guy who designed only one toilet on the International Space Station (ISS)?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The international space station's lone toilet is broken, leaving the crew with almost nowhere to go. So NASA may order an in-orbit plumbing service call when space shuttle Discovery visits next week.

Until then, the three-man crew will have to make do with a jury-rigged system when they need to urinate.

While one of the crew was using the Russian-made toilet last week, the toilet motor fan stopped working, according to NASA. Since then, the liquid waste gathering part of the toilet has been working on-and-off.

Fortunately, the solid waste collecting part is functioning normally.
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So I know that you really just can't add-on another toilet to the ISS, but still, you would think they would have put some sort of backup system in there? I mean, its not like they can pickup the yellow pages and just call a plumber. And even if they could, can you think of what that bill would cost? DAMN.