Everybody fantasises to go to space and live there. Astronauts get a chance to go to space and experience the adventure of living in the space. Everything is like a fantasy but there some areas which are the worst things an astronaut has to encounter.
Peggy Whitson, who is the former astronaut of NASA tells that she would not be going to space again in her life and tears fall off from her eyes. She spent 665 days in space which is more than any American. She eventually loved this extraordinary life and job of being in space. She had to install battery parts on the solar panel of space stations, and microbes also needed to be sampled.
“To be a part of exploration in that very direct way,” she told Business Insider, is “incredibly satisfying and gratifying.” Peggy said, “The space station is not a hotel yet.”
She says everything is good, but there is one area which is worst, excreting in space. She says she is going to miss everything about space but not a toilet. “I would call it a camping trip,” she says.
She told that the toilets are not as bad as Maximum Absorbency Diapers as that astronauts use in moon trips of Apollo. The bathrooms used in their spaceship was Russian made toilet and sold for 19000 US dollars. However, this Russian toilet is not also so excellent or first class.
Let us tell you the necessary things about the toilet used in space.
Excreting urine is not so difficult. For peeing astronauts have to use a funnel which is equipped with a fan that creates suction pressure and suctions their pee away, there is how pee will not float. After eight days the pee will get recycled and converts into the drinking water. This is a nice machine. So the main problem arises when you have to poop. It is challenging.
“Number two… is more challenging because you’re trying to hit a pretty small target,” Peggy Said.
Urine that is excreted gets recycled 80-85%, and the rest becomes brine waste. “We want a closed loop system, which means we have to recycle all our water,” Whitson said. Perhaps that will be the next home improvement project onboard the ISS. ISS residents used a bathroom with little plate sized hole; the fan is used to vacuum suck the excrement away. After the procedure, the poop has to be sealed up in a plastic bag, and it has to be stored till the next space trash day comes.
“After it starts getting full,” Whitson said with a grimace, “you have to put a rubber glove on and pack it down.” If the process gets malfunctioned or the toilet then poop starts floating all over and astronauts have to catch a floating poop, and that is so awful.
That poop is not going to be recycled, and then it has to be thrown out of the space station and then let that burn on entering the earth’s atmosphere. It will seem like shooting star.
One strange rock, the new episode of National Geographic Whitson told all her emotions and remembered the hazards she encountered in space.