Space Station Needs a Plumber

(From the Associated Press)

“The international space station’s lone toilet is broken, leaving the crew with almost nowhere to go. So NASA may order an in-orbiting plumbing service call when space shuttle Discovery visits next week.

“Until then, the three-man crew will have to make do with a jury-rigged system when they need to urinate.

“While one of the crew was using the Russian-made toilet last week, the toilet motor fan stopped working, according to NASA. Since then, the liquid-waste gathering part of the toilet has worked on-and-off. Fortunately, the solid-waste collecting part is functioning.

“The crew has used the toilet ont he Soyuz return capsule, but it has a limited capacity.

“‘Like any home anywhere, the importance of having a working bathroom is obvious,’ NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said.”

Well, Allard, we’ve got just the man for the job! His hours are from 10AM – 9PM, Tokyo Standard Time (and yes, those ARE little space-Mario meteors!).

10AM-9PM, Tokyo Standard Time).

(Even though a broken lavatory is serious business on a space station, this is funny in so many ways – insert your own joke here!)


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