Cape Canaveral, Florida (AP)-Astronauts leaving the International Space Station on Sunday get stuck in a diaper on their way home from a broken capsule toilet.
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur explained that the situation on Friday was “non-optimal” but easy to manage. She and her three crew will spend 20 hours in SpaceX capsules, from closing the hatch to the scheduled spray on Monday morning.
“Space flight is full,” she said at a press conference from her orbit. “This is another point we encounter and deal with on our mission. After a series of meetings on Friday
, the mission manager brought MacArthur and the rest of the crew home before deploying an agent. I decided to take it home. This SpaceX launch has already been closed more than once.
SpaceX is aiming for Wednesday night at the earliest.
French astronaut Thomas returning with MacArthur・ Peske told reporters that there had been severe weather over the last six months. Astronauts perform a series of spacewalks to improve the station’s power grid, withstand accidental engine launches from docked Russian vehicles, spin the station for short periods of time, and bring Russian civilian film crews. Hosted-The space station was the first.
They also had to deal with a toilet leak, pull up a plate of SpaceX capsules, and find a puddle of urine. This issue was first discovered during a SpaceX private flight in September when the hose loosened and urine spilled under the floorboard. SpaceX fixed the pod toilet waiting for launch, but considered the toilet in orbit unusable.
engineers determined that the pod was not structurally damaged by urine and was safe for the return trip. Astronauts must rely on what NASA calls absorbent “underwear.”
In terms of cooking, astronauts cultivated the first peppers in space. “A great moral boost,” says MacArthur. They tried harvesting last week and added green and red peppers to the tacos.
“They have a great edge and have a slightly longer puncture wound,” she said. “Some people found it more annoying than others.”
He also returned with MacArthur and Peske. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbro and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. SpaceX launched them on the space station on April 23. NASA is keen to get the capsules back as soon as possible, as your capsules have been certified in space for up to 210 days and Friday will be the 196th day in the air.
The American and two Russians remain on the space station after departure. Their replacements should arrive first to provide hints of life in space, but Kimbro said the remaining NASA astronauts would fill the newcomers.