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    Do Not Drink - Part 2

    This is an update on the precarious situation developing on the orbital space station. Plastic bags may be at a premium. Guys and gals looking for a solution or less solution.
    http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/22...tion-loo-fails
    Space Station inconvenienced as toilet fails

    Plumber's call-out fees expected to be astronomical
    Written by Iain Thomson
    vnunet.com, 29 May 2008
    • Allard Beutel Nasa


    Nasa has confirmed that the toilet on the International Space Station has failed, leaving astronauts in an urgent need for spare parts.
    The problem lies with the fan that draws liquids into the waste chamber prior to being ejected to burn up in the atmosphere.
    At the moment solids can be handled by the Russian-made toilet, but liquid disposal is proving impossible.
    "Like any home the importance of having a working bathroom is obvious," said Nasa spokesman Allard Beutel.
    Waste disposal in space has long been an issue, since gravity-fed toilets do not work in orbit. Instead the waste is sucked from the toilet by air pressure.
    Space Shuttle Discovery is due to bring the next module for the Space Station into orbit on Saturday, and officials are considering adding replacement parts to the toilet during the mission.
    However, at this late stage this may prove problematic as the load on the Shuttle has already been packed and weight distribution is critical on the flight.
    There also may not be room for new equipment, since the Shuttle is carrying a 14,500kg Japanese laboratory which is so large that the Shuttle's robotic arm has had to be removed.
    This is not the first time that Nasa has suffered problems with orbital plumbing. In 1984 Shuttle astronauts were forced to urinate into plastic bags and store them on board after fears that an improperly working toilet was causing icicles which were damaging the heat resistant tiles.


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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    The Man, the Mission, the Rejuvenator will come aboard to help fix the toilet problem:

    NASA To Launch Disney's Buzz Lightyear On Space Shuttle - Education News Story - WKMG Orlando
    NASA To Launch Disney's Buzz Lightyear On Space Shuttle

    Character Blog, Games To Excite Students About Science, Math


    POSTED: 11:59 pm EDT May 28, 2008
    UPDATED: 6:17 am EDT May 29, 2008



    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will launch the Disney character Buzz Lightyear aboard space shuttle Discovery on May 31 in a mission to excite students about science, math and space travel.
    IMAGES: Buzz Lightyear To Fly On Shuttle
    During the STS-124 mission, the 12-inch-tall action figure will partner with astronauts to deliver daily blog journals from space and launch a series of educational games and online sessions related to the mission.
    "NASA is excited to help students understand the science and engineering currently under way on the International Space Station," NASA's Dr. Joyce Winterton said.
    While in space, the character will fly in zero gravity as part of an experiment tied to the NASA's "Toys in Space" educational program.
    "Toys in Space" is scheduled to run through 2008 and feature unique materials for teachers to use in their classrooms.
    The Space Ranger Education Series, which is part of the "Toys In Space" program, will also encourage students to pursue studies in science, technology and math.
    "The Space Ranger Education Series will give teachers the opportunity to incorporate a fun and engaging moment into the classroom with a character that children really love," chairman of Walt Disney Parks Jay Rasulo said.
    The mission coincides with the official launch of the Toy Story Mania attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida.
    After the mission, Buzz Lightyear will transfer from the space shuttle to the International Space Station for the summer.
    The character then joins the crew of the space station to help open the Toy Story mania attraction at Disneyland on June 17.
    Buzz Lightyear is scheduled to return to earth in the fall. Disney plans to host a "ticker tape" parade at Walt Disney World.
    Discovery is scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center on May 31 at 5:02 p.m.


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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    My kingdom for a pump:
    SPACE.com -- Shuttle Discovery on Track for Saturday Launch

    Shuttle Discovery on Track for Saturday Launch
    By Clara Moskowitz
    Staff Writer
    posted: 28 May 2008
    10:45 am ET

    Editor's Note: This story was updated at 4:29 p.m. EDT.
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's space shuttle Discovery is on track to launch Saturday to deliver the space station's largest laboratory and some spare parts for the outpost's commode, mission managers said today.
    Discovery and its seven-astronaut crew have an 80 percent chance of good weather for their planned 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT) liftoff, mission managers said today here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The STS-124 astronauts are slated to install the tour bus-sized Japanese Kibo laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS).
    Discovery's crew, commanded by veteran spaceflyer Mark Kelly, flew in to sunny skies here at the Florida spaceport today. They arrived on T-38 jets from Houston around 12:00 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT).

    Launch controllers at KSC will begin counting down to Saturday's planned launch at 3:00 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) today.
    "All of our systems are in good shape, countdown work is on schedule, and we have no issues to report," said Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA test director.
    So far weather forecasts spot only a slim chance of thunderstorms causing this weekend's liftoff to be delayed.
    "The weather's going to be looking pretty good for launch," said Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer, at a preflight briefing today. "Right now it does look good for the launch attempt for the first day."
    A recent addition to Discovery's payload is a replacement pump for the ISS's malfunctioning service module toilet, which has only been working "sporadically," said Scott Higginbotham, STS-124 payload manager.
    Discovery's mission will mark NASA's third shuttle flight of the year, and the second of three to deliver elements of Japan's massive Kibo lab. The STS-124 astronauts plan to perform three spacewalks during their 14-day mission to attach the 37-foot (11-meter) main segment of Kibo, relocate the module's attic-like storage compartment, and perform other station maintenance.

    People will draw straws to see who has to fix the toilet....


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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    To infinity and beyond ehh Buzz?



    Hope he's bringing his own supply of sticky top plastic bags


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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    Pump made by Russians - that ought to be good:
    The Associated Press: Astronauts to deliver pump for balky space toilet
    Astronauts to deliver pump for balky space toilet

    By MARCIA DUNN – 17 hours ago
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA rushed Wednesday to get a special pump on board shuttle Discovery to fix a balky toilet at the international space station, as the launch countdown got under way.
    The space station's Russian-built toilet has been acting up for the past week. The three male residents have temporarily bypassed the problem, which involves urine collection, not solid waste.
    Russian space officials are providing the pump to launch aboard Discovery on Saturday. The shuttle's seven astronauts arrived at Kennedy Space Center a few hours ahead of the start of countdown Wednesday afternoon.
    At the same time, a NASA employee was en route to Florida from Russia with the 1 1/2-foot-long pump and related hardware, which was packed in a diplomatic pouch and carried onto the commercial jetliner as 35 pounds of hand luggage.
    To make room for the pump inside Discovery's crammed cabin, NASA was going to pull out some wrenches, a spare part for the space station's oxygen generator, and a microbe-killing device for use in the European space lab.
    "Clearly, having a working toilet is a priority for us, so some of these things that we didn't need for the next six months or so could wait," said payload manager Scott Higginbotham.
    NASA is also squeezing in a Disney action figure, Buzz Lightyear. The toy popularized by the 1995 movie "Toy Story" will spend several months at the space station as part of an educational program for math and science teachers and their students.
    Meanwhile, the main cargo on Discovery is Japan's Kibo lab, a 37-footer that's as big as a school bus. Kibo means "hope" in Japanese.
    Launch time on Saturday will be 5:02 p.m. Forecasters put the odds of good launch weather at 80 percent.
    Shuttle commander Mark Kelly took pleasure in seeing Discovery on the launch pad, as he flew in from Houston.
    "We hear it's in great shape," Kelly told a small crowd at the runway. "As soon as we get a couple more spare parts that I'm sure some of you guys have heard about ... we're going to be all ready to go."
    Astronaut Michael Fossum, who will take part in three spacewalks, noted that he and his crewmates have been training for this mission for a year.
    The flight is scheduled to last 14 days.
    "It's been a long year, and I think everything's finally in place," Fossum said. "Discovery's perched on the pad, Kibo is ready to go, the weather looks good and we're about as ready as we can possibly be. I think it's time to go fly."
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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Meanwhile, the main cargo on Discovery is Japan's Kibo lab, a 37-footer that's as big as a school bus. Kibo means "hope" in Japanese.
    Did anybody else think "Kibo" means "toilet" in Iowan when they read this??



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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    37 footer toliet? Thats some serious constipation they've got up there


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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    If that 37 footer does not fix the problem, i do not know what will.


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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    I heard R&D plumbing out of Altoona is pretty good.
    I would give them a call if I were NASA.



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    Re: Do Not Drink - Part 2

    I thought they recycled urine in space. Like for old times sake.


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