Why the SpaceX astronauts are returning to earth in diapers today

The four-man crew stayed in space for almost 200 days. Now it’s time to return – with a little problem …

08.11.2021, 06:1508.11.2021, 13:36

Returning from space is never easy. For the space crew, known as “Crew-2”, it has now become a bit more arduous: The SpaceX capsule’s toilet is broken. This was confirmed by NASA astronaut Megan McArthur at a press conference over the weekend.

The four-person crew will begin their journey under slightly different circumstances.Image: keystone

She takes it pretty calmly, though. Of course it was suboptimal, but they were prepared for it, they said with a laugh.

Because they already have a solution: diapers.
Or as NASA calls it: “Absorbent underwear”.

Space is full of little challenges and this is just one more to deal with during this mission, McArthur said.

In April, the last time they were in the capsule, the toilet problem first made itself felt. The waste system was not working properly, resulting in a urine leak. Extensive tests then had to be carried out to determine whether the leaked urine had caused any damage.

This did not seem to have been the case and so it is possible to return in the same capsule – even if you now have to forego the use of the toilet. In favorable weather conditions, according to NASA, the crew will land in the water off the coast in Florida at 10:33 p.m. EST today at the earliest.

Now we can only hope that when it enters the earth’s atmosphere, nothing undesirably escapes anywhere. (saw)

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