Posted 7th February

ISS toilet leaks 9.5 litres into zero gravity

7th February 2019 - 15:14pm
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One of the toilets aboard the International Space Station – ISS – has suffered a leak while astronauts installed a new double stall enclosure, causing 9.5 litres of liquid to spill into the zero-gravity environment.

According to NASA, the crew “experienced a water leak while de-mating a Quick Disconnect for the potable water bus” before the bus was isolated by MCC-H flight controllers. “The crew worked quickly to re-mate the leaky QD and soak up the water with towels,” NASA added.

The new Universal Waste Management System – UWMS – installed by the crew has more “favourable” features than previous designs, NASA said, providing the crew with more privacy for both the Toilet System and Hygiene Compartment.

NASA added that the toilet is accessible from the starboard side of the ISS, while the port side will be used for hygiene until a new replacement Toilet System arrives in early 2020. NASA reportedly bought the toilet technology currently in use from Russian company RSC Energia for $19 million in 2007.

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