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Space station crew to NASA: Our toilet is broken

WASHINGTON — 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. Russian officials don’t know the cause of the problem and the crew has been unable to fix it.

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  1. helpunderdog says:

    Surprisingly the toilet wasn’t made in China.

  2. Kelly says:

    Who knew that in addition to all that astronaut training, our folks need Roto-Rooter certification as well.

  3. ladykrystyna says:

    Russia, China. Same difference. They all make crappy [ no pun intended I’m sure ; T)] stuff. I’m just glad my tax dollars are going to fix a toilet up in space. I used to be a big fan of the whole NASA thing. But honestly. Can anyone tell me when’s the last time they did anything up there that had any impact down here? Seriously? We have far more pressing problems DOWN HERE, then UP THERE, unless the Martians are finally coming.

    I’m all for exploration and stuff. I get the importance of science in general, but unless we are seeing some real world results NOW, in times like we have now, we need to cut back and worry about the more pressing problems here.

  4. Hambo says:

    You’re trapped inside an orbiting tin can and the nearest working toilet is 217 miles away? That can only be one of two things:

    1) A heretofore undiscovered circle of Hell.

    2) The set up for a new Depends commercial.

  5. Kimj7157 says:

    “Fortunately, the solid waste collecting part is functioning normally.”

    Yeah. I’d say that’s REAL fortunate. I shudder to think… .

  6. Paul From Hamburg says:

    We shouldn’t joke about this. It is obviously a serious problem. They may have to boldly go where no man has gone before.

  7. helpunderdog says:

    LOL PAUL!!

  8. Floyd R. Turbo says:

    Oh, poo. No, wait, that part works ok.

    Paul, that was BAD. Well done!

    Sounds like a lot of “pp” dancing going on up there.

    LADYKRYSTYNA, you make a valid point. The station, all too often, sounds rather silly/wasteful. Um, did I just mention…waste? Oops.

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