SpaceX capsule's toilet issues mean astronauts will return to Earth in diapers

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  4 weeks ago  •  16 comments

By:   The Associated Press

SpaceX capsule's toilet issues mean astronauts will return to Earth in diapers
The astronauts headed back to Earth in the coming days will be stuck using diapers on the way home because of a broken toilet in their SpaceX capsule.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The astronauts who are expected to depart the International Space Station in the coming days will be stuck using diapers on the way home because of their capsule's broken toilet.

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur described the situation Friday as "suboptimal" but manageable.

"Spaceflight is full of lots of little challenges," she said during a news conference from orbit. "This is just one more that we'll encounter and take care of in our mission. So we're not too worried about it."

The trip home can take up to 20 hours.

Mission managers could bring McArthur and her three crewmates back in their SpaceX capsule before launching their replacements. That launch already has been delayed more than a week by bad weather and an undisclosed medical issue involving one of the crew.

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet told reporters that the past six months have been intense up there. The astronauts conducted a series of spacewalks to upgrade the station's power grid, endured inadvertent thruster firings by docked Russian vehicles that sent the station into brief spins, and hosted a private Russian film crew — a space station first.

They also had to deal with the toilet leak, pulling up panels in their SpaceX capsule and discovering pools of urine. The problem was first noted during SpaceX's private flight in September, when a tube came unglued and spilled urine beneath the floorboards. SpaceX fixed the toilet on the capsule awaiting liftoff, but deemed the one in orbit unusable.

Engineers determined that the capsule had not been structurally compromised by the urine and was safe for the ride back.

On the culinary side, the astronauts grew the first chile peppers in space — "a nice morale boost," according to McArthur. They got to sample their harvest in the past week, adding pieces of the green and red peppers to tacos.

"They have a nice spiciness to them, a little bit of a lingering burn," she said. "Some found that more troublesome than others."

Also returning with McArthur and Pesquet: NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. SpaceX launched them to the space station on April 23. Their capsule is certified for a maximum 210 days in space, and with Friday marking their 196th day aloft, NASA is eager to get them back as soon as possible.

One American and two Russians will remain on the space station following their departure. While it would be better if their replacements arrived first — in order to share tips on living in space — Kimbrough said the remaining NASA astronaut will fill in the newcomers.


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Ed-NavDoc
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1  Ed-NavDoc    4 weeks ago

Yep, those are probably some very expensive Depends Musk can stick NASA for...

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     4 weeks ago

I guess an outhouse is out of the question.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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3  sandy-2021492    4 weeks ago

That being the case, maybe tacos are a bad idea.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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3.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3    4 weeks ago

Well, those were chili peppers they were holding up in the picture...😁

 
 
 
cjcold
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4  cjcold    4 weeks ago

I guess Donovan got it right in The Intergalactic Laxative (an all time favorite song). 

 
 
 
Moose Knuckle
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5  Moose Knuckle    4 weeks ago

In nascar the hose just puts it on the track or sprays the fans but they are use to it.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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5.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  Moose Knuckle @5    3 weeks ago

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al Jizzerror
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6  al Jizzerror    4 weeks ago

Here is the real history of the space toilet.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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7  al Jizzerror    4 weeks ago

Houston, we have a problem.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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8  al Jizzerror    4 weeks ago

For every shitty problem there is a solution (to stop the pollution).

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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9  al Jizzerror    4 weeks ago

Toilet humor really stinks.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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11  al Jizzerror    4 weeks ago

Light a match.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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12  al Jizzerror    3 weeks ago

Q:  If a space toilet flushes waste into space; does it produce poopsicles?

A:  Ewwww...

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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12.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  al Jizzerror @12    3 weeks ago

Some countries may consider frozen dung and urine as biological warfare! Just imagine a toilet bowl sized hunk of dung landing in NK on or near Kim Jong Un!jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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12.1.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @12.1    3 weeks ago

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Tacos!
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13  Tacos!    3 weeks ago
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur described the situation Friday as "suboptimal" but manageable.

Delightful. Next time I have a plumbing crisis, I’m going to describe it as “suboptimal.”

 
 
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