SpaceX Toilet Problem

SpaceX Toilet Problem

Etienne St-Arnaud

Minor problems on earth like toilet trouble could be a real challenge in space and that’s what happened to SpaceX astronauts. 

 

    The journey back to Earth from space is never easy, but the astronauts onboard the SpaceX capsule coming home Monday will have an extra challenge to deal with: no working toilet. The four members on SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor will be wearing diapers as they splash down, to prevent anything else from splashing too. 

    In this weekend’s press conference, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur confirmed that the toilets on board Dragon Endeavor are broken. “Of course that’s sub-optimal, but we’re prepared to manage,” she said with a smile. “Space flight is full of lots of little challenges, this is just one more that we’ll encounter and take care of in our mission.”  

    The crew for this mission, known as Crew-2, has been at the International Space Station since April and has spent nearly 200 days in space, “It’s been a very, very intense mission, a lot of things have happened,” said the expedition commander and French astronaut, Thomas Pesquet. During the mission, they conducted a series of spacewalks installing solar panels to upgrade the station’s power grid, drew the first green chile peppers in space (and made tacos), and even hosted a private Russian film crew. 

The SpaceX capsule is currently scheduled to undock from the International Space Station on Monday afternoon and return Monday night, although all of that is depending on the weather. All in all, the four crew members could spend up to 20 hours in the capsule, from the time the hatches are closed until they open again on Earth.