The seated space toilet, meant for pooping, has a fan connected to it that creates the suction. Waste ends up in a plastic bag that astronauts push down into a solid waste container, which is changed “roughly every 10 days,” according to Cristoforetti. (Urine gets recycled, she noted.)Pooping in space has sure come a long way from the 1960s, when astronauts used adhesives to attach fecal collection bags to their butts. Going to the bathroom back then could take up to an hour.
November 29, 2016 at 3:52 AM EST