You can imagine that living on the International Space Station is not exactly a walk in the park. You are sharing small spaces with other astronauts, supplies are limited and there is no gravity. The last thing you want is a toilet leaking, but that's something that the team now also had to put up with.
The goods they use on the ISS are not exactly the ones we use here on Earth. In fact, they cost $ 19 million and were delivered with the space shuttle Endeavor in 2008 after the previous malfunction.
Do not think they let the garbage fall gracefully into space. It is actually sealed and shipped back to Earth on a cargo ship that burns at re-entry. Urine, however, is recycled into drinking water.
A NASA state report said that a leaky toilet flushed nearly two liters of "water" in the toilet. A leaky toilet would be bad enough in your bathroom here on Earth, but at least you could take a hose to it and see it all washing down the drain.
The crew aboard the International Space Station do not have that luxury. According to the status report, they had to clean up the spilled sewage using towels while trying to fix the leak. Gives you a new appreciation for the astronauts, does not it?
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