Crisis in Orbit: Space-Station Toilet Breaks Down

Crisis in Orbit: Space-Station Toilet Breaks Down

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    Crisis in Orbit: Space-Station Toilet Breaks Down

    There's a bit of a stinky situation in space.

    The main toilet aboard the International Space Station has broken down, forcing the three crew members to use the loo on the Soyuz escape craft that's permanently attached to the ISS, according to various media reports.

    However, the Soyuz head will offer only temporary relief, as its holding tank will quickly fill up.

    To remedy the problem, space shuttle Discovery will bring spare parts for the Russian-built space toilet when it launches to the ISS Saturday.

    "The Zvezda service module toilet experienced additional difficulties Tuesday morning," the latest NASA update dryly reports.

    In any case, the malfunctioning toilet's days are numbered. In the fall, it will be replaced by a state-of-the-art system that will transform astronaut urine into drinking water.

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    Urine to being an astronaut?
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    Flushed in space

    Better get a hat...

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    Why don't they just build an good ole fashion out-house?
    just make sure it's at least 15 feet from the station...problem solved.
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    well...they could just hang it out there.... it would be kinda chilly though ! LOL
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    Oh crap!
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    I can hear them now, Are we there yet?

    Isn't space a big vacuum, what's wrong with a whole in the wall with a bath tub stopper, nothing complicated about that. Geeeez. Engineers, always making things so complicated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4my son View Post
    Isn't space a big vacuum, what's wrong with a whole in the wall with a bath tub stopper, nothing complicated about that. Geeeez. Engineers, always making things so complicated.
    Ever heard that they recycle "everything" on the station? They try very hard to have as little as possible escape from the station. Yet another reason to stay at home!

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    Gee Wiz this Tang tastes Funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HITCH KING View Post
    Gee Wiz this Tang tastes Funny.
    Yeah...joke about it now, but I know there are various counties/cities/towns around the country that are ALREADY DOING IT!

    I know for sure fairfax county va has been doing it on the order of 30 years. They "Recycle" the crap water and dump it right back into the same reservoirs they pull it from to turn into drinking water. I know I've seen publications of plans for other states doing similar things.

    As for the astronauts...what dingbat decided there should only be one crapper on a space station where multiple peoples live for months at a time and not have a good backup plan or a plumber on board? They've got to be the dumbest smart people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4my son View Post
    Isn't space a big vacuum, what's wrong with a whole in the wall with a bath tub stopper, nothing complicated about that. Geeeez. Engineers, always making things so complicated.
    Just what we need in space, frozen turds traveling at speeds you can't imagine.
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    I think that the concern is that it costs thousands of dollars per pound of anything brought to orbit; every time they take a leak if it was just ejected out it'd cost a true fortune.

    Anyway, all water is recycled in the big picture. Seems gross, sure, but honestly -- all the water out there has probably passed through some living thing at some point.

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    As for the astronauts...what dingbat decided there should only be one crapper on a space station where multiple peoples live for months at a time and not have a good backup plan or a plumber on board? They've got to be the dumbest smart people.
    I guarantee you that there wasn't any women in on that planning or they woulda built the space station around the bathrooms
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    Just what we need in space, frozen turds traveling at speeds you can't imagine.
    ooh look daddy a meteor shower...nope son they flushed the toilet on the space station
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    Sounds like a good news / bad news type of thing.

    The good news: It's only a (proverbial) $800 problem.
    The bad news: It's going to cost $95M to get it there.

    The good news: Everyone's going to start liking Tang.
    The bad news: It's going to run out in a couple of weeks.

    The good news: There are plenty of those special, self-sealing baggies on board.
    The bad news: The flight manual doesn't have a procedure covering this situation.

    The good news: The ISS has an escape module.
    The worst news, yet: The escape module's a Soyuz, and it's permanently attached.
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