NASA: Astronauts will travel from the ISS to Earth without being able to use the bathroom, due to failures in SpaceX spacecraft

Space technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, but that does not mean that experts do not encounter difficulties in mundane aspects. And it is that recently problems with the bathroom on board the capsule were detected SpaceX Crew Dragon, which will leave four four astronauts without a toilet during their hour-long journey home from the International Space Station (ISS).

The trip will take place this month and there is no way to fix this, so the crew will have to resort to “underwear,” Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, told reporters.

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Elon Musk’s company SpaceX found there was a problem with his spacecraft’s toilet last month, as a tube used to funnel urine into a storage tank was detached, causing leaks under the pod’s floor.

The POT could not specify how long the four astronauts of the Inspiration4 mission, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of the POT, the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Akihiko Hoshide from Japan will have to relieve themselves outside of the bathroom. So far, only two Crew Dragon spacecraft have returned from the International Space Station with people on board, the first lasting 19 hours and the second only six.

Jared Isaacman, the commander and financier by Inspiration4, specified that the failure caused the urine to essentially not enter the storage tank, but rather the ventilation system. Fortunately, no excreta floating around the cabin was detected because the leak was still relegated to sealed areas under the floor. Jared assured that the next ships that travel to the Station will have the problem solved.


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