American Toilet on the Space Station Burst Russian Media Reports

first_imgStay on target Russian media is reporting that the American toilet in the International Space Station (ISS) burst last week, leaking more than two gallons of water that had to be collected by astronauts using towels.“Our colleagues at the [Tranquillity module of the ISS] had an incident on Friday,” a source told Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik International. “Over 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of water leaked before the problem was fixed. The crew had to collect the water using towels.”Water is a crucial provision astronauts need to live and work in space. ISS crew members must save as much water as possible — each is allocated about two liters daily, according to NASA. They stretch the ration by collecting, cleaning, and reusing wastewater.Space toilet on the ISS. (Photo Credit: NASA)The toilet on the ISS has had problems before. In 2009, the space toilet also broke due to a flooded liquid separator, Space.com reported.The toilet, which NASA bought from the Russian aerospace company S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Public Corporation (also known as RSC Energia), cost $19 million. It works like a miniature municipal water-treatment system, which recycles urine into drinking water, according to Popular Science. It was delivered to the ISS in November 2008.Fortunately, there’s a second toilet on the ISS, located in the Russian segment of the Station.The incident comes in the heels of crew having to repair a mysterious tiny hole on the wall of the Russian Soyuz capsule docked to the ISS that caused a leak in August last year.More on Geek.com:NASA Hopes Space Mice Can Provide Anti-Aging Treatments for HumansWatch: This Is the Longest Continuous Time-Lapse Shot from SpaceWatch: ESA, NASA Celebrate 20 Years of the ISS Russia’s Humanoid Robot Returns Safely to EarthCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img

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