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Houston, We Have a Problem — With the Toilet

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Houston, We Have a Problem — With the Toilet

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Houston, We Have a Problem — With the Toilet

Houston, We Have a Problem — With the Toilet

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The international space station's lone toilet is broken. The solid waste collection system is still functioning, but for liquids, the astronauts have to make do with a backup bag. NASA will send replacement parts on the next shuttle.

ROBERT SMITH, host:

Good morning. I'm Robert Smith.

In space no one can hear you scream - for a plumber. The international space station's lone toilet is broken. We don't know who flushed what, just that the Russian-made toilet stopped working. The solid waste collection system is still functioning, but for liquids, the astronauts have to make do with a backup bag. NASA will send replacement parts on the next shuttle, but not even NASA can afford a plumber's orbital house call.

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