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On Apollo, using the bathroom was ‘messy.’ America’s next moonshot will be radically different
Pressfrom ^ | 23 June 2019

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 humanity’s 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. “There’s 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 don’t 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.)

(Excerpt) Read more at pressfrom.info ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; History; Science
KEYWORDS: aerospace; apollo; apollo10; astronomy; elonmusk; falcon9; falconheavy; genecernan; history; moonshot; science; spacex; tomstafford
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I'd rather see than be one!
1 posted on 06/23/2019 12:45:52 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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probably copied it from the Howard Wolowitz design for the waste disposal unit on the space station...


2 posted on 06/23/2019 1:00:27 PM PDT by raygunfan
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To: DUMBGRUNT

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.


3 posted on 06/23/2019 1:07:12 PM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

4 posted on 06/23/2019 1:10:10 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DUMBGRUNT

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


5 posted on 06/23/2019 1:11:10 PM PDT by Jolla
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To: raygunfan

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.


6 posted on 06/23/2019 1:19:07 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT ("The enemy has overrun us. We are blowing up everything. Vive la France!"Dien Bien Phu last message.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/magazine/how-to-prepare-yourself-for-space.html
How to Prepare Yourself for Space
“You’ve 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 don’t 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 gravity’s assistance. (Don’t, and you’ll risk damaging your bladder when your body won’t relieve itself in space.)

https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-use-the-bathroom-in-space-3071528

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-astronauts-go-to-the-bathroom-in-space-2174968/

https://www.space.com/22597-space-poop-astronaut-toilet-explained.html


7 posted on 06/23/2019 1:19:42 PM PDT by SMGFan ("God love ya! What am I talking about")
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To: carriage_hill

Caddy Shack” doodie in pool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPxiXGr9nFM


8 posted on 06/23/2019 1:22:29 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT ("The enemy has overrun us. We are blowing up everything. Vive la France!"Dien Bien Phu last message.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT
It's no big deal.


9 posted on 06/23/2019 1:39:52 PM PDT by DoodleBob (Gravity's waiting period is about 9.8 m/s^2)
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To: carriage_hill

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.”


10 posted on 06/23/2019 1:40:38 PM PDT by golux
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To: DUMBGRUNT

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.


11 posted on 06/23/2019 1:48:34 PM PDT by Dagnabitt ( MAGA meant migration explosion?)
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To: golux

He did say he was from West Virginia.


12 posted on 06/23/2019 1:52:12 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost ("Just look at the flowers, Lizzie. Just look at the flowers.")
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To: Jolla

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.


13 posted on 06/23/2019 2:18:28 PM PDT by C210N (You can vote your way into Socialism; but, you have to shoot your way out of it.)
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To: DannyTN

You can’t see the wire/fishing line in the photo...


14 posted on 06/23/2019 2:22:33 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Jolla

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?”


15 posted on 06/23/2019 2:33:58 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

“...you were supposed to go before we left!!”


16 posted on 06/23/2019 3:01:25 PM PDT by Oscar in Batangas (Jan. 20, 2017, 12:00 PM: The End of an ERROR)
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To: SunkenCiv

*bafrooms in space ping*


17 posted on 06/23/2019 3:01:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Who will think of the gerbils ? Just say no to Buttgiggity !)
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To: SMGFan
Put on a diaper, lie on the floor with your legs up on the couch, and practice urinating without shame or gravity’s assistance.

That's been working for me. Being a couch potato, I don't have to waste time getting up and walking to the bathroom.....

18 posted on 06/23/2019 3:05:29 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I'm in the cleaning business.......I launder money)
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To: golux

Did you get any overtime pay?


19 posted on 06/23/2019 3:07:12 PM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT
Back in the 80's, I had a long beer-fueled conversation with Jack Swigert, the command pilot for Apollo 13. He said that when they dumped the urine holding tank, the liquid would instantly crystallize in the cold and vacuum of space and, if the sun caught the crystals just right, he said it was a beautiful sight, a rainbow.

Then you realized what you were looking at ...

20 posted on 06/23/2019 3:11:30 PM PDT by IronJack
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