American Commode on International Space Station Exploded

American Commode on International Space Station Exploded

AMERICAN SPACE COMMODE EXPLODED ON INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

So does anyone besides me remember Space Herpes?  I rather doubt it.  So you should check out the amazing 80’s flick, Ice Pirates.  But any story that’s about space and a commode, or maybe a discommoded commode, with an explosion takes me back to the classics.  And an exploded commode certainly applies.  But for whatever reason, it was Russian media that did the first reporting on this.  So for you TV addicts out there, this happened in orbit.  Yes, of planet Earth.  We have a space station up there!  It’s the International Space Station, or ISS.  No, this is not fake news, even though it involve Russia, shit and the United States. 

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So what happens when a toilet bursts in space?  Well, it’s just like an explosion.  But that’s because there is no gravity in space.  So when two gallons of water bursts out under ANY pressure at all, it’s a total mess.  It goes absolutely everywhere.  You have to try hard not to breathe…. Toilet water.  But this isn’t toilet water like we know toilet water here on planet Earth.  We do whatever we do and then we flush.  That’s not how these space toilets work.  These space toilets recycle whatever goes into them.  So yes, spicy foods should be very selectively used in space.  No, I’m not gonna explain that. 

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So anyway these toilets recycle all that water that goes into them.  And then astronauts drink it again.  And yes, here I say rinse repeat.  But when two gallons suddenly burst out everywhere, the astronauts had to clean it all up.  But with no gravity at all.  So sure, they used towels.  But surfaces are easy.  You also have use the towels to comb the air for water globules.  Otherwise you breath yesterday’s piss instead of drink it.  So anyway this toilet had issues (haha) before in 2009.  But guess where this American toilet came from? We bought it from the Russians. 

Actually, let me clarify.  We bought it from the Russians for $19 million.  But the Russian section of the station has another commode.  Hopefully, the Americans will be allowed to piss and shit where the Russians sleep.  That would be a nice reversal!

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