International Space Station needs a new commode, gets 'Hope'
Space station crew awaits orbital plumbers
Russian-built toilet began acting up last week, needs new part
Astronauts living aboard the international space station need help from an orbital plumber to fix their troublesome space commode.
The solitary Russian-built toilet inside the station's Zvezda service module began acting up last week, forcing U.S. astronaut Garrett Reisman and his two Russian crewmates to use facilities aboard their docked Soyuz spacecraft before restoring the commode to partial service. Spare parts for the balky space toilet are set to launch aboard NASA's shuttle Discovery on Saturday.
"We are working with the Russians to see what spare parts they'd like us to launch," space station flight director Annette Hasbrook told SPACE.com.
Hasbrook said the toilet is now working in a so-called 'manual mode,' which requires astronauts to use extra flush water instead of the air flow system as designed. The glitch only afflicts the toilet's liquid waste collection system, she added.
"It's not standard operating procedure, but they're able to use it," she added during a series of televised interviews.
A space toilet sounds disgusting. Without gravity, everything is everywhere, if you catch my drift.
Anywhere here is a space commode, I'll leave the contraption to your imagination as to how 'solid' and 'liquid' waste go.