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SpaceX Crew Will Have To Use Nappies On Journey Back From International Space Station

SpaceX Crew Will Have To Use Nappies On Journey Back From International Space Station

A broken toilet means the crew have been left in a 'suboptimal' situation

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

The SpaceX crew returning from the International Space Station (ISS) will have to wear nappies for the trip.

A broken toilet on the capsule means the crew of four will have no other option but to wear nappies for the 20-hour journey, which is due to begin tomorrow (7 November).

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur described the situation as 'suboptimal' - which is certainly one way of putting it.

According to AP, she said during a news conference from orbit yesterday: "Spaceflight is full of lots of little challenges.

"This is just one more that we'll encounter and take care of in our mission. So we're not too worried about it."

The toilet problem was first identified during SpaceX's private flight in September, when a tube came unstuck and spilled urine beneath the floorboards.

Engineers determined that the urine hadn't compromised the capsule structurally, but the crew are now left in the less than ideal predicament of having to rely on what NASA described as absorbent 'undergarments'.

Perhaps they'll opt for a light meal before making the trip back to Earth.

In fact, the crew have actually been harvesting the first ever chilli peppers grown in space - which is probably the very last thing they need before a 20-hour toiletless trip.

McArthur said: "They have a nice spiciness to them, a little bit of a lingering burn.

"Some found that more troublesome than others."

Yeah, reckon I'd be sticking with the bland vanilla astronaut paste until I was back on Earth with toilet access.

Returning alongside McArthur are French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/NASA

Topics: World News, SpaceX, space