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