Houston, We Have a (Potty) Problem

The space station's toilet is broken
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2008 7:36 PM CDT
In this image provided by NASA, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Endeavour March 24, 2008.    (AP Photo/NASA)
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(Newser) – The three-member crew aboard the International Space Station has a delicate problem—the toilet's on the fritz. The station's liquid-waste collector—a tricky system involving fans and the lack of gravity—is kaput, the New York Times reports. (The solid-waste collector still works.) Astronauts are working on a backup system and may get plumbing help when Discovery (with a crew of seven and its own toilet) launches Saturday.