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Space Station Toilet Fixed, Astronauts Relieved

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Astronauts on the International Space Station have fixed the toilet on board that broke a couple of days ago.

According to the New York Times, a pump on the recently installed toilet in the American laboratory, Destiny, broke on Sunday and contaminated part of the system.

Designed to inject chemicals that help separate liquids from solid waste, the pump was a pretty vital piece of the toilet's operation and it being out of commission meant the the seven astronauts from the recently docked Endeavour, were forced to use the toilet on the shuttle. The six members of the ISS crew used a second toilet in the Russian module.

This isn't the first time the toilet on board the space station has been out of order. In May of last year, the toilet on board began to malfunction with the liquid waste disposal part of the unit only working intermittently. A new toilet was delivered to the space station last year and has the added functionality of turning urine into drinkable water.

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    spongebob , July 21, 2009 9:47 PM
    Best. Title. Ever!

    LOL
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    mlcloud , July 21, 2009 9:18 PM
    Urine into drinking water? Now that's one part of the system that must never fail...
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    mlcloud , July 21, 2009 9:18 PM
    Urine into drinking water? Now that's one part of the system that must never fail...
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    Ciuy , July 21, 2009 9:36 PM
    Well they should have taken a walk outside, so it behind a meteor or something :) )

    its funny hey had to go to the russians hahaha
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    christop , July 21, 2009 9:45 PM
    I feel sooo much better knowing they can shit in space while I can't find a decent job in the us... How much did that cost?? 4 million??
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    spongebob , July 21, 2009 9:47 PM
    Best. Title. Ever!

    LOL
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 10:20 PM
    Oh please, NASA and other science programs develop advancements that keep us in the forefront of technology - the stuff that DOES make jobs. One of the reasons we're no longer the ultimate super power is because of a diminishing focus on science. Other countries have taken up the lead and American companies outsource to China and India and research opportunities have gone to the EU.
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    sjwpwrpro , July 21, 2009 10:28 PM
    "Best. Title. Ever!

    LOL"

    I agree that has to one of the best from this site.
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    jerreece , July 21, 2009 10:35 PM
    I want to say to the author, Jane McEntegart, kudos to you on writing a title that was humorous, without crossing that unprofessional line. There was a subtle humor that put a big smile on my face. Yet at the same time, the article was to the point, and not chalk full of elementary school jokes.

    Way to Go.

    Now please share your insight with your cohorts and see if you can help them out. :)  Your title was catchy, yet to the point and actually quite factual I'm sure. Nicely done.
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    B-Unit , July 21, 2009 11:54 PM
    christopI feel sooo much better knowing they can shit in space while I can't find a decent job in the us... How much did that cost?? 4 million??

    Care to explain how exactly not having a toilet on the space station (or not a space station at all) would give you a job?
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    apache_lives , July 21, 2009 11:58 PM
    bet that takes a load off..... literally!
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    christop , July 22, 2009 12:44 AM
    I was just kidding......
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2009 1:05 AM
    Big shiit man, if the toilet breaks in space!
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    frozenlead , July 22, 2009 1:47 AM
    In Soviet Russia, toilet relieves you!
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    kato128 , July 22, 2009 1:55 AM
    christopI feel sooo much better knowing they can shit in space while I can't find a decent job in the us... How much did that cost?? 4 million??


    Maybe you should apply at the NASA toilet manufacturering section. They seem to be getting decent money.
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    brendano257 , July 22, 2009 2:31 AM
    There's some good corny humor ^_^
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    mman74 , July 22, 2009 10:19 AM
    Urine to water, surely as the Brits say that is "taking the piss" but literally.
    And what happens when the flushing mechanism breaks - "shit happens"!
    I suppose since there is no gravity, they would need a fan to blow the poop back where it's supposed to go. Let's hope it doesn't hit it - the fan that is.
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    Pei-chen , July 22, 2009 11:23 AM
    One of the best Jane's articles.
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    hack__you , July 22, 2009 12:26 PM
    if they take a sh1t outside the space station, will a sh1t hit earth at 60,000 miles an hour?
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    photoguru , July 22, 2009 2:37 PM
    hack__youif they take a sh1t outside the space station, will a sh1t hit earth at 60,000 miles an hour?


    Only if they're traveling at 59,998 mph and they poop forward at a rate of 2 mph.
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    grieve , July 22, 2009 2:42 PM
    Great title!
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    syavash , July 22, 2009 4:55 PM
    hahhahahhahahhahahaha i cant stop laughing hhhhhahahahahahahaha
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