You’re Out in Space and the Shit Hits the Fan

Or maybe, stops hitting the fan. Pretty technically advanced for me.

Four words you don’t want to hear in space:“The toilet is broken.”

The crew aboard the International Space Station is working on a problem with the system for collecting solid and liquid waste, which is a trickier proposition without gravity than it is on the Earth. Space toilets use jets of fan-propelled air to guide waste into the proper container.

A NASA status report noted that last week, while using the toilet system in the Russian-built service module, “the crew heard a loud noise and the fan stopped working.” The solid waste collector is functioning properly, but the system for collecting liquid waste was not. — NY Times

Can’t exactly use a tree, either. This might be a job for a whole golf bag full of Uroclubs. Wonder if they packed any? Just in time for Father’s Day, too.

Houston, we have a problem. Yep, we have our hands full with this one.

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7 Responses to You’re Out in Space and the Shit Hits the Fan

  1. Claud Eustace Teal says:

    Must be tempting in zero-gravity to lie face down and shit straight up, you think? And then get out of there.

  2. Mark Skid says:

    All suited up and nowhere to…go.

  3. Kent Standit says:

    Wonder if “loud noise” is a nice way of saying “fart.” Some astronaut cuts what turns into a $20 million fart, blowing out (!) the record of the $6,000 monkey wrench.

  4. FerfelaBat says:

    Well. That’s what they invented Ziplock bags for.

  5. Ms Calabaza says:

    Ugh . . . I just had a visual

  6. Charlie Bravo says:

    That’s all high tech.
    Remember the problem of the pen to be used in space, the Russkies solved it with a pencil.
    Well, this one of “liquid” waste has been solved by drunkards everywhere: you pee in a bottle. For female astronauts it becomes trickier, though.
    As per solids, well, the crap keeps on hitting fan, and getting directed properly. For now!
    No word if the Space Shuttle took a replacement toilet over there and a Super Mario the space plumber.

  7. Captain Kirk says:

    Bring me the bottle, Charlie Bravo. I’ll empty it first. As for filling it, maybe the lady astronauts will help me.

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