Elements S3 • E23

The Evolution of How We’ve Handled Sh*t in Space





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Published on Oct 9, 2018

Space travel isn’t easy, especially where human waste is concerned. How do astronauts poop in space?

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The Scoop on Space Poop: How Astronauts Go Potty
“On May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard was locked into his capsule Freedom 7, ready to become the first American and second person ever in space. But before his 15-minute historic flight, Shepard would sit through five hours of delays — and he really had to go to the bathroom.”

The floating turd mystery that still haunts NASA
“It sounds apocryphal, but it's the truth: in an era when spacecraft waste management consisted of ‘a plastic bag which was taped to the buttocks to capture feces,’ turds could escape from time to time and float about the spacecraft.”

How Do Astronauts Go to the Bathroom in Space?
“The National Air and Space Museum has a $50,000 toilet. It’s functional, and it answers one of the greatest engineering puzzles of the 20th century: How do you pee in space?”


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