Skip to comments.On Apollo, using the bathroom was ‘messy.’ America’s next moonshot will be radically different
Posted on 06/23/2019 12:45:52 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
The three Apollo 10 astronauts are zipping through the desolate expanse of space, the Earth a small blue marble behind them, on a mission poised to set the stage for one of humanitys seminal achievements, when, suddenly, astronaut Tom Stafford called out from inside the cramped spacecraft: Oh who did it?
After some confusion, he repeated himself: Who did it?
He was laughing.
Then astronaut Gene Cernan spotted the source of the commotion: Where did that come from?
Give me a napkin quick, Stafford said, horrified. Theres a turd floating through the air.
Ah, the glamour of space travel.
...Taking lessons from the International Space Station, which required astronauts to stay in space for months at a time, Orion has a built-in toilet system with a privacy curtain that collects solid waste without risking fly aways because it gets compacted and stored in canisters that dont tear like the Apollo bags sometimes did. (Urine collection, though, will be similar as on Apollo, with urine kept in a tank and then released to space.)
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probably copied it from the Howard Wolowitz design for the waste disposal unit on the space station...
When I was a 7-8yr old kid, back in West Virginia, we’d go to the local Walgreen’s and but Tootsie rolls, small and large, and take them with us to he public pool, wrapped in our towels.
We’d each take a handfull and let them float around the public pool, causing a massive exodus of everyone but us. We’d be pitching them around at anyone who didn’t get out, and soon the pool’d be cleared.
It only worked once or twice, as the lifeguards caught on, quickly. LOL; good ol’ days.
I would have thought they would have had them on a pretty serious diet for a couple of days before and during the mission to avoid such items
probably copied it from the Howard Wolowitz design
From the description, even a design by a fake engineer would be an upgrade!
But, we do have better duct tape as the years go on.
How to Prepare Yourself for Space
Youve been trying not to pee in your pants your whole life, says the retired astronaut Scott Kelly, who wore a diaper for liftoff and landing on all four of his space missions. Going into orbit will require you to confront your body in ways you dont have to on Earth. Get over decades of conditioning by rehearsing basic bodily functions on land: Put on a diaper, lie on the floor with your legs up on the couch, and practice urinating without shame or gravitys assistance. (Dont, and youll risk damaging your bladder when your body wont relieve itself in space.)
Caddy Shack” doodie in pool
You were the one that made a joke. I was the lifeguard that had to clear the pool, comfort the swim team, re-schedule everything, skim and vacuum the pool, re-test the pH levels, backwash, drain, re-fill, chlorinate, replace diatomaceous earth, check pressures, do paperwork, and apologize to everyone, including competitive swimmers, who lost their one day at the pool. Some wept. Congratulations: you were one of the “cool kids.”
They need to take the more useful step of simulating gravity with rotating structures. Besides the toilet problems, weightlessness is terrible for humans.
But considering how little we’ve done in human spaceflight since Apollo, that’s probably a tall order. Let’s see if the USA can actually put someone into low earth orbit again for the first time since 2011.
He did say he was from West Virginia.
They do. I read about it recently. Apparently, though, it does not eliminate (no pun intended), but only minimizes.
I think it’s referred to as a “low residue” diet.
You can’t see the wire/fishing line in the photo...
I think a saw an interview with Jim Lovell about an extended Gemini mission, with rendezvous.
Towards the end, can’t remember if it was Lovell, but one had go #2. It was a messy production back then, especially in an even smaller vehicle, so the bathroom humor was “We only have 36 hours more. Can’t you hold it?”
“...you were supposed to go before we left!!”
*bafrooms in space ping*
That's been working for me. Being a couch potato, I don't have to waste time getting up and walking to the bathroom.....
Did you get any overtime pay?
Then you realized what you were looking at ...
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