SpaceX tourists struggle with space toilets – .

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SpaceX tourists struggle with space toilets – .


There was a problem with the waste management system.

Toilet problems

Four space tourists circled the earth for three full days as part of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission last week.

The navigation was mostly smooth for the four civilians, who ate cold pizza and even watched “Spaceballs” during the trip.

But it seems the mission left some room for improvement – there were issues with the toilets, Espace.com reports.

“It was a very clean mission from start to finish,” Benji Reed, SpaceX’s manned space flight program manager, said at a press conference after the successful landing on Saturday. “We had a few issues that we worked on, we worked something on the waste management system, but it worked [out] well and, you know, the crew was happy and healthy.

Vacuum waste

The toilets – located under the massive glass dome – are radically different from those you find on Earth. Simply put, these are two vacuum tubes for sucking up pee and poo that sit on suction fans to remove waste.

We don’t know exactly what the problem was with the waste management system yet, but it involved the exhaust fan, according to Reed. It is also unclear whether the malfunction has anything to do with the surprising decision not to post photos or videos inside the spacecraft during the trip.

Inspiration4 was a little different from previous Crew Dragon flights. The crew spent three full days in the tiny capsule instead of less than 24 hours, the maximum length of a trip to the International Space Station.

Unfortunately, the crew were unable to glimpse Earth while doing their job as the hatch had to be closed while using the toilet, according to Espace.com.

Space tourists have yet to talk about their bathroom experience – but luckily, it looks like the issue was quickly resolved.

READ MORE: SpaceX’s Inspiration4 private astronauts had toilet issues in space [Space.com]

More on the launch: SpaceX tourist watches movie while descending to Earth

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