Know How Do Astronauts Poop in Space

The life of space fascinates everyone. While astronauts get to see, learn, and experience the life outside our planet and seek answers to the life beyond Earth, there is one question in most of the people’s mind as to how Astronauts take nature’s call out in space.

Last week, Peggy Whitson, a NASA astronaut who spent 665 days in space, the most for any American talked to Business Insider and revealed her love for space travel and how her days used to pass, “pooping” being a special mention.

Whitson said that while urinating in an International Space Station (ISS) toilet is easy, pooping is quite a bit of task.

Whitson told Business Insider “Number two… is more challenging because you’re trying to hit a pretty small target.”

Peggy Whitson in a Space Craft

The poop is sealed in a plastic bag which is left of the next space Debris day, said Whitson. If the bag gets too full, astronauts need to pack it down using a rubber glove. This is what happens when the ISS toilet works as usual. However, when it malfunctions, astronauts need to deal with the flying poop.

Well, pooping in ISS toilet really seems to be quite challenging. Three years back, Al Jazeera posted a video of an interview with Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut who showed the ISS toilet. The process of using a toilet in ISS involves using special equipment with a hose which is used to pull away urine and poop after an astronaut used the toilet.

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