The space shuttle is going up Saturday 5/31. It has a precious cargo to take up to the International Space Station (ISS) - parts for the Russian made toilet, which is not working well. There is only 1 toilet in the ISS and everyone has to use it.
The main toilet onboard the International Space Station is broken. "[It] works for solid waste disposal, but requires additional steps for liquid waste," says Kirk Shireman, deputy ISS program manager at NASA. The procedure for liquid waste "takes two crew members and 10 minutes of maintenance after three flushes."
"It is very inconvenient at this time because it requires a lot of manual intervention," Shireman said.
Fortunately, space shuttle Discovery is set to launch this Saturday with spare parts needed to restore normal operations:.
PS cost of new repair $19 million- and you thought your plumber was expensive!
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