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Main Toilet On ISS Craps Out

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the series-of-tubes dept.

NASA 219

The Narrative Fallacy writes "NASA has spent years getting ready for a crowd in space — adding additional sleeping quarters, learning how to recycle liquid waste into drinking water, and installing a second bathroom last year. But now the main toilet has broken down on the International Space Station while a record 13 astronauts are on board. For now Mission Control has advised the astronauts to hang an 'out of service' sign on the toilet as it may take days to repair. In the meantime, Endeavour's seven astronauts will be restricted to the shuttle bathroom. Last year a Russian cosmonaut complained that he was no longer allowed to use the US toilet because of billing and cost issues. Now the six space ISS residents will have to get in line to use the back-up toilet in the Russian part of the station. The pump separator on the malfunctioning toilet has apparently flooded, and ESA astronaut Frank De Winne is the guy tasked with putting his plumbing skills to work on short notice. 'We don't yet know the extent of the problem,' says flight director Brian Smith, adding that the toilet troubles were 'not going to be an issue' for now."

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second post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753221)

D'oh!

Re:second post! (3, Funny)

Tuna_Shooter (591794) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753315)

Shit happens.....

Re:second post! (4, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753689)

The very name 'back-up toilet' evokes bad images. Especially in space. You can't just call Space RotoRooter, you know, if the plumbing clogs. Hey wait. Is there such a thing as an astronaut-plumber specialty? And if so, does NASA issue a suit with a butt crack window? And when they finish unclogging, are they flushed with pride at the accomplishment? Space can be tough; I cannot recall Darth Vader ever going to the bathroom, which may explain his terrible temperament. I'd go over to the Dark Side too, if I'd been constipated for 6 whole movies. No wonder they called it the Death Star, if it lacked toilets.

Re:second post! (1)

kernelphr34k (1179539) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753813)

I was thinking 'Shit out of luck' But yea, Shit happens too.

0-G waste, not a pretty sight - KILL BuZZ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753489)

I've seen it, and it was Buzz Aldrin's.

Uh oh... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753223)

Well, now we know what hit Jupiter...

Re:Uh oh... (1)

fia (861441) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753789)

Call Wallowitz to fix it.

Re:Uh oh... (1)

Higaran (835598) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753939)

I thought that they did already, I guess that the solution wasn't implemeted yet.

Re:Uh oh... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753967)

Well, now we know what hit Jupiter...

Did it come from Uranus?

Shuttle Toilet (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753229)

They can't use the shuttle toilet that much, since it has to dump waste water overboard periodically. They can't do this while docked.

fed up... (2, Interesting)

irving47 (73147) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753233)

Is anyone else just completely fed up with NASA and the ISS and our essentially stagnant space program? Most of the stories over the last few years have been:
Weather-related delays. (yawn)
Toilet malfunctions (a technology that should have been figured out, oh, say... 30 years ago?)
#(&$ing FOAM insulation that has been documented as inferior to the original version in use 25 years ago, because of some environmental concerns. Sure, we could go back to the old version for the last 3 or 4 flights, but hey, it's only people's lives at stake, right?

Re:fed up... (5, Informative)

Mercano (826132) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753347)

Well, in the Apollo days, urine was just dumped overboard. The service module's fuel cells made more then enough water as a byproduct of electrical production. Pretty much the same setup for the shuttle; in fact, the shuttle will typically offload extra water onto the station before departing. The station uses solar panels for electricity. Good news: no need to haul up liquid hydrogen and oxygen to supply electrical power. Bad news: no more free water source, especially once we discontinue the shuttle. Orion, Soyuz, Progress, ATV, and even SpaceX's Dragon all use solar power. This means we now need reclaim as much water from urine, rather then just dumping it, hence the toilet all of the sudden becomes a much more complex piece of equipment.

Re:fed up... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753413)

From TFS:

Last year a Russian cosmonaut complained that he was no longer allowed to use the US toilet because of billing and cost issues. Now the six space ISS residents will have to get in line to use the back-up toilet in the Russian part of the station.

And when we Americans sink the space station in the near future, we'll have to ask China to use their toilets after the greedy Zionist-run American corporations go bust when the executives flee with all of our tax money and then let refuse to let us use their toilets.

We'll be shitting in buckets because our infrastructure money will go towards building McMansions for wealthy foreigners. The few Americans who didn't flee the country will spend their lives fixing the wealthy foreigners' cars and preparing the wealthy foreigners' foods.

And yes, most of those wealthy foreigners will be the Chinese and Arabs who want better vacation homes.

Signed, Ethanol-fueled: From Excellent to Terrible karma in Seven Days [slashdot.org] :)

Re:fed up... (1)

Revenger75 (1246176) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753639)

Sounds like the time for some Fremen stillsuits...

Re:fed up... (2, Insightful)

Comatose51 (687974) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753375)

It's easy to criticize when none of us here are experts. Criticize, offer an alternative, and do it all in front of experts then it's worth something. Your statement can easily be changed to be directed at computers and IT. From my past life in IT, I still remember how annoyed users were when the email server went down or there was some networking issue. They couldn't understand why they were restricted from doing certain things or why we had a password policy. One could ask where are our 3D displays? Where are the computers that can understand human voice? Speaking? That's so easy even a 3 year old can do it. Computer vision? What's so hard about that? Again, any child can do it.

Re:fed up... (4, Insightful)

beckett (27524) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753379)

sorry the NASA channel can't hold your attention like Starship Troopers, Doctor Who, or Jack Bauer killing space terrorists, but this is what space travel is about. it's expensive, dangerous, careful, and this time, really shitty.

Re:fed up... (5, Insightful)

Comatose51 (687974) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753407)

We really have to give credit to NASA and the other space agencies for making manned space flight relatively safe. Compared to the early days such as the lead up to Mercury and landing on the moon, recent space flights have been safe and thus mundane. We did lose two shuttles but averaged over the total number of flights, it's a positive trend. I guess NASA is not failing spectacularly enough for some people. Toilet failure? That's just news for nerds and only nerds.

Re:fed up... (1)

beckett (27524) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753429)

there's been 127 shuttle flights and 2 explosions. If once every 63 times you drove your car to work it blew up, killing your whole family, that's not really that safe at all.

relatively safe compared to "how it used to be", but "how it used to be" was we travelled a lot farther with a lot less.

i give credit to NASA for innovating under ever tighter purse strings, and unfortunately its the manned flights that are impacted the most.

Re:fed up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753563)

Wow, comparing commuting to work to space shuttle flights... talk about apples and oranges.

Re:fed up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753617)

who's commuting to the space station and back?

Re:fed up... (1)

michaelhood (667393) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753641)

With two catastrophic failures out of 127 STS missions flown, they are achieving well within the original estimates.

When the program was being designed, it was estimated there would be a 1 in 75 "disaster potential."

Re:fed up... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753831)

That's way safer odds than being president of the USA, and people still want that job!

Re:fed up... (1)

rohan972 (880586) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753855)

With two catastrophic failures out of 127 STS missions flown, they are achieving well within the original estimates.

When the program was being designed, it was estimated there would be a 1 in 75 "disaster potential."

2/127 is not less than 1/75

Re:fed up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753891)

You should really provide a source for that statement...

Re:fed up... (1)

SlashWombat (1227578) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753995)

Might have been 2 accidents in 127 missions, but if you look at it in terms of distance it is very safe ... (This is how airline statistics are made to look safe ...) IE: 127 flights, at say 100 orbits each. Each orbit is roughly 36000 kilometres. -> 3600000 * 100 * 127 = 457,200,000. Therefore one accident per 225 million kilometres. This sounds relatively safe to me!

Re:fed up... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753979)

No, relatively safe considering they're sitting on a couple of tonnes of highly explosive fuel, in what is essentially a bloody giant missile with passenger seats.

Re:fed up... (1, Flamebait)

getto man d (619850) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753421)

sorry the NASA channel can't hold your attention like Starship Troopers, Doctor Who, or Jack Bauer killing space terrorists, but this is what space travel is about. it's expensive, dangerous, careful, and this time, really shitty.

What I believe he is saying is where are the articles about NASA breakthroughs in science, whether new technology or general discovery? NASA now is just a dinosaur waiting for ze meteors. When the space program first started the 'geniuses' were fresh out of college grads full of innovation; we can all appreciate the fruit of their labor. I dare you to step in any NASA lab (or in fact any gov't research lab) and find that now.

I wouldn't want my tax dollars to be wasted frivolously...but nowadays that's a moot point.

Re:fed up... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753399)

I am completely satisfied with boring, hum-drum, run of the mill, nothing out of the ordinary news reports regarding NASA.

Why?

Because when the stories aren't of the above variety they tend to be things like "Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds into flight" or "Shuttle Columbia breaks up over Texas on reentry."

I'll take the boring reports any day of the week thank you very much.

Re:fed up... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753853)

In other words, if your profession is extremely dangerous and anything someone might deem exciting is actually at the very least life threatening to you, you crave boring.

Nothing is as successful as a boring space mission.

Re:fed up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753445)

The way things are going the idea of going to mars seem more distant. Not in my lifetime.

Re:fed up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753461)

Is anyone else just completely fed up with NASA and the ISS and our essentially stagnant space program? Most of the stories over the last few years have been:

remember that cowboy president who wasted time and money with illegal-revenge-wars and delayed progress everywhere?

Re:fed up... (0)

WarJolt (990309) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753473)

You have to choose between NASA or public health-care. This is an oversimplification, but I think NASA has brought us far as a nation. Tell your senator where you think the priorities should be.

Re:fed up... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753571)

If you think that NASA's budget, even at the height of the Apollo days, would do anything to fund a public health system, you're high as a kite. NASA's funding is simply tiny compared to practically anything else.

Re:fed up... (1, Interesting)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753501)

    In case you haven't been keeping score, the space program has been stagnant for decades.

    The "Space Shuttle" program was conceived in the late 1960's and brought to life in the early 1970's. It's first flight was in 1981. So, the most advanced spacecraft humanity has is 28 years old.

    The "International Space Station" platform was announced in 1993, and orbital assembly began in 1998. The base of it is 11 years old.

    I was discussing the space program with some folks not too long ago. We discussed several things about it.

    If NASA designs and builds the absolutely latest greatest spacecraft, with the ability to fly deep into space at the fastest we can conceive now, AND handle life support (air, water, food, etc) for an infinite time, how good would it be?

    We are always discovering new little things about any technology. What's the huge difference between a 1920's car and a 2009 car? Not a lot other than electronics and plastics. The fundamentals of the car are still the same, yet the performance and safety has substantially increased.

    If we had built newer and better spacecraft every year since our first manned space flight in the early 1960's, we'd have over 40 generations of spacecraft. Just since the inception of the Space Shuttle program, we should have 28 newer generations of spacecraft, each with improvements from the previous designs.

    The theoretical max speed and infinite lifesupport spacecraft that was launched in 1985 would have been superseded by a much bigger and faster one by 1990, and for the astronauts who were speeding off to check out the next solar system, they would have already been picked up by the 1990 ship, then the 1995 ship. The probably would have been picked up and returned back to earth by the 2000 ship, because that old technology was so slow. By 2005 it would have been towed back and put in a museum. Instead, virtually every human on the planet hasn't had an opportunity to leave, and even if they did leave the atmosphere (or most of it), they had nowhere to go. There is no Moon, Mars, or Io colony yet. Humans haven't even been there yet.

    People expect a new cell phone every few months, and cell phones have gone from being an expensive brick, to being a tiny piece of electronics that easily fits on your pocket that everyone has.

    Why hasn't the space program become the same thing?

    It's partly because of the government control over space. If there were a financial incentive, corporations would already have their spacecraft going. The governments are also a major cause of the problem. If the governments of the world had been cooperating since day 1, things would be substantially different. There were some great moves made because the US and USSR were competing to get the bigger better craft up. After that died, so did our serious advancement.

    I'm not saying eliminate NASA or the other space agencies. Consider NASA like the FAA for space. The FAA doesn't own or fly many of their own planes, but they sure know just about everything about every aircraft up there. If the FAA owned and operated every aircraft, there would be maybe 6 commuter flights daily instead of the world wide network of flights that we have available now. Why do we accept this?

Re:fed up... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753889)

Because we're nowhere near the technical stability and sophistication of cellphones and airplanes with spacecraft, and because there's by far less money in the latter.

Space flight is, after all, rocket science. It's expensive, it's dangerous, and in the wrong hands it's easily turned into a weapon. One of mass distraction if you really want to. Saying a government should not at the very least stay on top of the latter would essentially mean that you, as a government, would readily hand over the spot on top of the weapons food chain to corporations. It's already bad enough as it is, their economic power is already superior to that of governments, we needn't hand them military superiority as well.

But I'm sure they wouldn't even want it. Space flight still has a lot of basic research to do. Something that does not translate well into revenue, thus something a private corporation would not readily invest in. Private businesses are usually great when it comes to taking existing technologies and making them more efficient and more accessible. They suck at coming up with new ideas.

What you suggest would essentially cast our current situation concerning space travel in stone. We'd forever and a day use rockets to get mass up into orbit, we'd use ablative shields to protect against reentry heat, but we would not try to find "better" propulsion systems or find groundbreaking new ways to deal with the troubles of atmosphere.

Doesn't bode well (1)

pedestrian crossing (802349) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753575)

This doesn't bode well for manned trips further afield.

We can talk all we want about sending multi-year manned missions to other planets, but we can't even build a reliable toilet!

Yes, this makes good joke fodder, but something as simple as a toilet malfunction could spell disaster for a manned mission that is months out in space. I think a lot of the advocates of manned missions to other planets over-estimate the level of systems reliability that we can achieve and under-estimate the level of systems complexity and reliability necessary for manned inter-planetary missions vs. unmanned missions.

Re:fed up... (1)

killthepoor187 (1600283) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753601)

I'm fed up with the budget cuts NASA keeps having to endure.

I saw this somewhere... (2, Funny)

LeoPercepied (1564829) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753237)

There are lots of jokes to be made here.... but didn't this already happened on "The big bang theory"?

Re:I saw this somewhere... (2, Informative)

Amiralul (1164423) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753323)

Season 2, Episode 22, "The Classified Materials Turbulence".

I heard what the problem was... (4, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753427)

Apparently the shit hit the fan a little bit too hard.

oops (4, Funny)

margaret (79092) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753239)

It's all Howard Wolowitz's fault.

Re:oops (2, Insightful)

scott_karana (841914) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753273)

Mod parent up, toilet failure was the dilemma in the excellent sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Re:oops (4, Informative)

Imagix (695350) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753329)

Or the method by which the main character was killed in Dead Like Me.

Re:oops (5, Funny)

lilo_booter (649045) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753503)

Don't make jokes. It's a very important scientific breakthrough for two reasons. Number one....and number two.

Re:oops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753701)

This may be the singularly funniest comment I have seen in five years of /. I suspect it may have been grandma's meatloaf!

Re:oops (1)

Mortiss (812218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753759)

Here is a link to the part of an episode that deals with the space toilet repair. Watch, learn (and laugh): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnH8qetZdSM [youtube.com]

Easy Solution (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753257)

When the Russians aren't looking, go take a dump on their side of the space station.

Shite Plot! (5, Funny)

dotslashdot (694478) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753263)

I'm waiting for Hollywood to make a movie about sending Joe the Plumber into space to prevent a Russian chocolate rain of terror raining down on the United States from the ISS. Starring Bruce Willis as Joe the Plumber.

Call the smell good plumber. (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753331)

Most problems can be fixed for $99.

Highest paid plumber (2, Interesting)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753265)

Well, I guess the plumber who is going to fix it could go on record as one of the highest paid plumber ever !

Re:Highest paid plumber (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753289)

How did Frank De Winne end up as a plumber? Well, it's simple... Instead of having said 'shit' when the toilet stopped working the guys in the ISS said 'Belgium'. Frank just thought they called him. With apologies to Douglas Adams.

Re:Highest paid plumber (1)

JuzzFunky (796384) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753309)

at 350 kilometres up, he'd probably be the highest plumber too...

Re:Highest paid plumber (1)

Techman83 (949264) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753537)

Hrm not so sure about that, I knew some plumbers that were stoners... wait... wrong kind of high!

Crew Fix. (2, Informative)

Usually Unlucky (1598523) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753293)

They have 13 people up there with strong engineering and scientific backgrounds, shouldn't one of them be able to fix it. Toilet repair should be mandatory for the Russian crew members from now on, at least as they are still using the faulty Soviet MIR surplus toilets.

Re:Crew Fix. (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753761)

Yes, the "Russian crew members" should be forced to all be plumbers to resolve problems like this. That'll sure be useful if the US and Russia ever have any political differences. Maybe every American sent into Space should be trained on all skills they could possibly need up there, so they can deal with any situation at hand instead. I mean it's not rocket science to make sure your crew is prepared for things like this, where as it's pretty damn stupid to depend on someone else doing it (although this an increasingly common attitude these days)

Re:Crew Fix. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753955)

Isn't it fantastic, when a post really understand the spirit and principles of international collaboration... :-)

Coincidence? I think not! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753313)

Something May Have Just Hit Jupiter [slashdot.org]

I think I know what it was :)

Ironic (1)

dragisha (788) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753317)

This story is dripping with, well, irony. Costly toilet breaks down, and US crew has to use magic word in Russian quarters, that same people they barred from their high tech whizbang gadget of toilet. What price Russians put on toilet usage now?

I agree with another poster who hints there is nothing in recent ISS news what is really newsworthy. Toilet policies and breakddowns....

13 astronauts? (1)

Amiralul (1164423) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753333)

I guess 13 means bad-luck one more time for NASA...

Just dump it outside (0)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753335)

Why not empty it into a bad, and drop it outside?

Put it in a hefty bag, then put it toward earth or the sun, it will burn up.

Re:Just dump it outside (1)

Usually Unlucky (1598523) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753355)

It might catch back up to you in a few orbits and hit you from behind.

Don't want to hit Hubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753391)

Don't want to taint the red shift with brown overtones, you know :)

Re:Just dump it outside (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753401)

Getting it to sun requires about 40 km/s velocity if I remember correctly. Sun is not that easy to reach.

Re:Just dump it outside (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753685)

Maybe. I didn't think of the amount thrust to get out of orbit towards the sun. Just throw it at New Jersey so that nobody will notice the shit raining down on them.

I know its hard to aim that well, and you'd have to avoid all the other junk. Send up a politician, they are good at throwing shit around.

Do it outside (5, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753341)

Its a good thing their airlocks are still working. The problem is finding a bush to go behind...

Doing it on a spacewalk (1)

robinesque (977170) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753683)

means going in your diapers.

who makes these friggin things (1, Troll)

deathguppie (768263) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753351)

For Christ's sake. Who the hell builds these things. We are obviously spending a lot of time and money to put this embarrassingly expensive thing in to space only to have it crap out on us. (excuse the pun). But seriously, I'm starting to think that NASA has become a joke..

Re:who makes these friggin things (4, Informative)

Usually Unlucky (1598523) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753361)

"The main toilet, a multi-million-dollar Russian-built unit, was flown up and installed on the US side of the space station last year." -BBC

Re:who makes these friggin things (4, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753901)

Waitwaitwait, that's Russian technology?

*groan* Oh c'mon, where's the problem. Kick it a few times and it works again.

The MIR would have been perfect for this... (1)

lordofthechia (598872) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753369)

Seriously, if the MIR were still around, it would make the perfect outhouse!

Though really, we need to develop still suit technology.

Re:The MIR would have been perfect for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753827)

MIR's end of life problems appear to have overshadowed the fact that it was the most successful attempt at a long term presence in space before the ISS. Much longer lasting than that pinnacle of US engineering that crapped out all over Australia. The Russians contribute a vast amount of the mundane technology required to make ISS work as a proposition. It's kind of galling to see people still chiming out the same cold war mentality,

Crapping OUT? (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753381)

I think crapping OUT is the action one wants of a commode on a space station, no? Can you imagine the hilarity if it were to crap IN?

Hate to be De Winne (2, Funny)

Comatose51 (687974) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753385)

"ESA astronaut Frank De Winne is the guy tasked with putting his plumbing skills to work on short notice. 'We don't yet know the extent of the problem,' says flight director Brian Smith, adding that the toilet troubles were 'not going to be an issue' for now."

So you've just blasted into space on top of a giant stick of explosives. You're in one of the most unique places in the world with an awesome windows view but you have to spend your time fixing the toilet. That would really ruin his day.

Re:Hate to be De Winne (3, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753525)

"Captain De Winne. You're in charge of fixing the... plumbing situation."

"Oh come on! This is bullshit!"

"We prefer the term 'toilet trouble' around here."

Re:Hate to be De Winne (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753627)

You're in one of the most unique places in the world with an awesome windows view but you have to spend your time fixing the toilet.

Everybody knows that outer space is actually under your bed and that the words "awesome" and "Windows" go next to each other.

Re:Hate to be De Winne (1)

screamphilling (1173499) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753719)

I don't think I'd mind fixing a toilet in earth orbit so much. especially if it were one I had to use. I might not wanna be a fulltime space plumber. They'd probably make bank though.

Re:Hate to be De Winne (1)

Perf (14203) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753763)

Not to mention the instruction manual is in Russian.

Re:Hate to be De Winne (1)

MadKeithV (102058) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753943)

Come on let's go Space Plumbin'


With apologies to deep purple.

brutal but fair (1)

beckett (27524) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753389)

i guess this is one way to find out who binged on all the dehydrated ice cream.

YUO FAIL iT!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753419)

people's faces at When I stood for fear the reaper

Revenge. (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753425)

In Soviet Russia, toilet craps on you.

Re:Revenge. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753507)

A space station isn't something you can just dump something on, it's not a toilet.

i've seen this before... (2, Informative)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753437)

big bang theory? season 2? yeah. that's it.

HANG a sign? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753455)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means in zero G.

Oh... (1)

sagematt (1251956) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753475)

Well... shit.

It's Worse Than They're Reporting (1)

FrankDrebin (238464) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753493)

I think we've just explained Jupiter's black spot.

Fecoventilatory incident (1)

UnixUnix (1149659) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753581)

Thomas Pynchon envisioned shit hitting the fan, but never in such a globally spectacular manner. (With international repercussions no less)

Good thing they are not circling Uranus! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753585)

Good thing they are not circling Uranus!

semen and hair. (1)

bronney (638318) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753607)

I recall hearing a story where a college dorm's shower was clogged by semen and hair. uh...

The engineers are investigating... (4, Funny)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753615)

... but so far have nothing to go on.

I hope they are not circling Uranus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753621)

In search of Klingons...

Basic toilet DIY (1)

rossi (5437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753709)

Has anyone tried to "jiggle the handle?"

Re:Basic toilet DIY (2, Funny)

nerdonamotorcycle (710980) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753817)

More importantly, if they jiggle the handel, will it jiggle bach? After all, the toilet *is* baroquen.

Fine prospects for a trip to Mars then.. (1)

cheros (223479) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753723)

Just imagine, you're locked up in a tube full of explosives for a whole year with no option of getting some emergency delivery and you suddenly discover you have nowhere to go in more ways then one.

"Oh shit" doesn't begin to cover it, I think..

The thirteen curse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753727)

Definitely, they should not have allowed the ISS to have a crew of 13.

Re:The thirteen curse (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753793)

ISS is meant to be just a research facility But surely the next SETI sponsored mission will have exactly 12 passengers when they leave.

Alternative to waste? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28753733)

Other than recycling urine, wouldn't it be possible to use the waste as a propellant? I know it's disgusting, but why send people and their habitat into space, without making as much of it useful as possible?

Sometimes I think we'd be better off today if NASA hadn't put people on the moon already. We'd be relying more on robots to do everything in space. The whole "return trip" could be 90% eliminated, and we'd be putting reusable stuff up there.

Shit happens (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753777)

To IIS crew, don't panic, and keep a towel close. You don't know what will come next in Murphy's repertory.

problem solved (1)

GuNgA-DiN (17556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28753875)

Step 1. -- you cut a hole in a box
Step 2. -- you stick your ass on that box
Step 3. -- whatever you do... don't have her open that box!

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