Plumbing the Mysteries of Space

Plumbing the Mysteries of Space

To boldly go where no man has gone before …. Manned space flight presents a unique set of challenges. When you go to into space, sooner or later you have to … well, go. The International Space Station has presented a unique challenge to waste-removal engineers: the zero-gravity toilet.

“Challenge,” as in “darn things keep breaking down.” They’ve been repaired many times, including this weekJiggling the handle didn’t work, so the chore fell to NASA astronaut-plumber Ron Garan.

Female astronauts can’t complain that someone left the seat up. After all, in space, just which way is “up”?

Image by Mike Licht. Flush Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com.

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