Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Space Poo- Astronauts fix toilet
Residents aboard the international space station were getting ready to take on a new task Wednesday: plumbing. The space station's toilet broke two weeks ago. The problem — confined to the urine side of the commode — has forced the orbiting outpost's crew of an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts to flush manually with extra water several times a day. Space shuttle Discovery brought up a new pump for the testy toilet, as well as the space station's newest room, a $1 billion Japanese lab. The mundane task of installing the 35-pound pump and hoses was to fall to Oleg Kononenko, one of the two Russians, on Wednesday morning. The job was expected to last two hours.