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SpaceX capsule toilet is broke it means Astronauts will return in diapers

The voyage back to Earth from orbit is never easy, but the astronauts onboard the SpaceX capsule returning to Earth is an additional challenge: no functioning toilet.

As they splashdown, the four crew of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor will be wearing diapers to prevent anything else from splashing as well.

Crew-2, the crew for this mission, has been onboard the International Space Station since April and has spent approximately 200 days in orbit.



In a news conference over the weekend, expedition leader and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet remarked, “It’s been a very, very intense mission, a lot of things have happened,”

They performed a series of spacewalks to update the station’s electrical infrastructure, cultivated the first green chile peppers in space (and made tacos!), and even entertained a private Russian film team throughout the trip.

The SpaceX capsule is now slated to connect with the International Space Station on Monday afternoon and return on Monday night, however, all of this is subject to weather conditions.

From the time the hatches are closed until they open again on Earth, the four crew members might spend up to 20 hours in the capsule.

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur stated the toilets onboard Dragon Endeavor is damaged during a news briefing this weekend.

She stated that while smiling, “Of course that’s sub-optimal, but we’re prepared to manage.”

She added, “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.”

This isn’t the first time a SpaceX Dragon capsule has had a toilet issue. Earlier this year, an alarm went out on SpaceX’s all-tourist trip, indicating an issue with the onboard waste management system.

Later at a press conference, Bill Gerstenmaier, a vice president at SpaceX, claimed the spacecraft’s pee storage system had been detached in flight, enabling pooled urine to reach a fan system. On that flight, it didn’t cause any big issues.

Crew-2’s capsule was later discovered to have a similar condition, which is why it has been taken down for its return voyage home.

Engineers from NASA and SpaceX said they conducted thorough testing to ensure that the urine leak that occurred in April, when the crew was last in the Dragon capsule, would not impair the spacecraft over time.

Crew-3, a new SpaceX mission, is scheduled to launch no sooner than Wednesday to complete Crew-2’s operations.

Before joining SpaceX, Gerstenmaier worked for NASA and claims that the toilet issue has been resolved in time for the flight.

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