How astronauts went to the bathroom on the Apollo moon missions

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  • There was no bathroom on the Apollo missions.
  • Instead, NASA astronauts peed into a roll-on cuff, and pooped in bags that they kneaded, rolled up tight, and took back to Earth.
  • NASA’s first real space bathroom wasn’t installed until the Skylab space station launched in the early 1970s. The first toilet on a US spacecraft didn’t show up until the shuttle missions of the 1980s.
  • NASA engineers said that figuring out how astronauts should relieve themselves is one of the most “bothersome aspects of space travel.”
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Bathroom breaks on the moon? Forget about it.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin may have been the first people to set foot on the lunar surface when Apollo 11 landed there 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, but they had to forgo some Earthly conveniences in order to pull off the moon landing. 


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