Kevin Murray (claystorm) wrote,
Kevin Murray

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.
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