Cosmonauts and astronauts aboard the International Space Station are heading for a potential hygiene hazard with the malfunction of the toilet system. The system has been experiencing problems for the past week with each repair failing.
Without the assistance of gravity, space toilets use “fan-driven airflow to transport human waste away from a crew member’s body”. Read the full article here.
Currently, the crew is using the toilet in the transport ship Soyuz, but it has only a few days capacity. Fox news reports that the toilet is due to be replaced in a few months by a system that will transform urine into drinkable water.
Being stranded out in space with no toilet facilities is simply awful. Cosmonauts and astronauts already suffer many privations, but this seems to me the worst! No doubt, though, they’re clever folk and they’ll find relief somehow.