Where to go number two became a number one priority for SpaceX astronauts.
It’s a brutal reminder to the people firmly planted on Earth that space travel isn’t all fun and games and zero gravity shenanigans.
In fact, the SpaceX astronauts will be leaving the International Space Station on Sunday dressed to impress. Due to a broken toilet on the Dragon capsule, each of the astronauts must wear an adult diaper instead.
Luckily, they aren’t too far away from home.
Toilet Troubles on SpaceX
According to NBC News, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur shared that the entire situation obviously isn’t incredibly convenient for the astronauts on board. However, it’s only a 20-hour flight back home after all.
Whether that means trying to hold it or going in a diaper, it’s not the direst circumstance that can happen while pummeling through space. “Spaceflight is full of lots of little challenges. This is just one more that we’ll encounter and take care of in our mission. So we’re not too worried about it,” McArthur said during a news conference from space.
The issue with the bathroom situation on SpaceX has been around for a bit. During a private flight in September, a tube came unglued and urine then proceeded to leak beneath all the floorboards. It was determined that the capsule was still perfectly safe.
After being at ISS for six months, it’s not the ideal send-off for the entire crew. A replacement crew will launch on Wednesday night after a series of delays. First, there was poor weather and then a crew member had some kind of medical issue.
McArthur will certainly get even closer to French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshides after this particularly interesting challenge.
SpaceX and Blue Origin
Besides the drama related to bathroom issues with the SpaceX crew, there have been other issues in the exploration community.
Namely, between NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin.
According to CNN, a judge ruled in favor of NASA over Blue Origin (run by Jeff Bezos). The two were arguing over who will go ahead and build the lander that will historically take humans back to the moon once again.
NASA only had the funds for one space company to take charge of this upcoming exploration project. NASA had selected SpaceX (Elon Musk’s company). Since then, Blue Origin has continued to fight that selection stating it was unfair and both should be funded.
On top of it all, this legal dispute has only caused delays in the Human Landing System project. Now that an official decision has been made, work may resume.
For reference, both had very different plans to get people on the moon. SpaceX wants to use the Starship, which is a giant rocket-spacecraft system. Meanwhile, Blue Origin wanted to be more traditional and use a lunar lander.
Despite the verdict, Bezos and Musk will still continue to argue over space.