Astronauts Deal with Flooded Toilet in Orbit

By: Marcia Dunn AP Email
By: Marcia Dunn AP Email

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The bathroom lines just got a lot longer at the linked space shuttle and space station.

One of the two toilets on the international space station malfunctioned Sunday morning. The pump separator apparently flooded. Mission Control advised the astronauts to hang an "out of service" sign on the toilet, until it can be fixed. In the meantime, the six space station residents will have to get in line to use their one good toilet. And Endeavour's seven astronauts will be restricted to the shuttle bathroom.

There have never been so many people - 13 - together in space. The toilet repair work fell to Belgian Frank De Winne.

Much of Sunday - a day between spacewalks - was spent moving a
cargo carrier from the shuttle to the station.


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