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NASA Video Reveals How Astronauts Use Bathroom in ISS

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NASA astronaut and Navy SEAL Chris Cassidy has made a new tutorial video for the toilet aboard the International Space Station (ISS). And while Cassidy is calm throughout, it’s easy to imagine oneself Mr. Bean-ing the pricey water closet. Which would be a bad thing, especially considering the fact that the ISS’s newest titanium thrown costs $23 million.

The space agency recently posted Cassidy’s video to its NASA Johnson YouTube channel. Although it’s unclear if the arrival of the new titanium toilet was the impetus for the video—which does not feature the new unit—Cassidy makes it clear that “by far the most common question” asked of astronauts is “How do you go to the bathroom?”

To kick off the video, Cassidy gives a rundown of how it feels to have the urge to go in space. And it turns out that the sensations in regards to both “number one” and

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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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