All Russian toilets on the ISS are broken


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All Russian toilets on the ISS are broken

At the International Space Station (ISS), all toilets were inoperative. This, according to RIA Novosti, is stated in the negotiations of the crew with the Houston Mission Control Center.

Now there are two Russian-made bathrooms on the ISS: one of them is located in the Zvezda module, the other in the Tranquility block. These space toilets have a similar design. Liquid waste after absorption is split into oxygen and water for subsequent use in a closed cycle of the orbital station. Solid waste is collected in special plastic bags, which are then transferred to a cargo ship for further disposal.

It is reported that currently one of the toilets is not working due to constant indications of a malfunction. The second is not used due to overfilling of the tank.

Toilets are also on Soyuz manned spacecraft docked to the ISS, but they can only be used if absolutely necessary. Therefore, crew members are forced to use special urine collection devices – the Urine Collection Device (UCD).

Later it became known that the toilet in the Tranquility module was restored. The causes of the malfunction and the likelihood of its recurrence are not reported.

Photos of Roscosmos

Meanwhile, Roscosmos decided on the timing of the docking of the Progress MS-13 cargo ship with the International Space Station. Recall that the launch of this device was recently postponed from December 1 to 6. The reason is a remark on the onboard cable. However, the problem was quickly eliminated, and now Roscosmos announced the date of the docking of the ship with the orbital complex.

“Due to the fact that the launch of the American cargo ship Dragon of the SpX-19 mission is scheduled for December 4, the docking is scheduled for December 7, and NASA proposed to provide as a reserve day on December 8, it was decided by the flight management of the Russian segment of the International Space Station to set the date for docking the Progress MS-13 ship on December 9 according to the standard three-day scheme, ”the state corporation said in a statement.

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