How Do You Go To the Bathroom on the Space Shuttle?

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 8, 2010 in Science |

This highly educational video goes into some very graphic detail on how one does a number one and number two on the space shuttle. The one thing that I learned is that going to the bathroom in outer space is quite a complicated project, so much so in fact that one must be trained to use the facilities:

A Space Shuttle Toilet

Because the toilet is so narrow training requires using a camera to train astronauts:

A Space Shuttle Toilet: Because the toilet is so narrow training requires using a camera to guide you

Toilet paper can’t be disposed of in the toilet so it must be collected in special bags:

A Space Shuttle Toilet: Toilet paper can't be disposed of in the toilet so it must be collected in special bags.

This unit is used for urination (that’s what the hose is for):

A Space Shuttle Toilet: This unit is used for urination

These nozzles connect to you to allow you to use the hose (note: male and female nozzles are different):

Space Shuttle Toilet: These nozzles connect to you to allow you to use the hose

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