Says they’re not just pissing away money
July 6, 2007
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has purchased a Russian-made toilet for $19 million dollars. It will be installed on the US side of the International Space Station in 2008. According to the trade publication Bathroom Newsletter the American’s saw a lavish Russian Imperial style bathroom at a tradeshow and wanted one of their own.
Velvet leg and thigh restraints hold the astronauts in place while they do their “business” and fans suck stuff into a septic and wastewater tank. The American’s said that the Russian restraints were very comfortable and worth a couple million dollars in their own right.
“In the past I’ve had chaffing and soreness when strapped to the can while taking a dump,” said astronaut Larry Peedman. “This Russian outfit is darn comfortable.”
NASA said it was cheaper just to buy the Russian toilet than to build one. The Russians are known for building complex toilets with recycling systems that filter waste and allow fluids to be reused to shower with.
Recently some rumors have floated about indicating that American astronauts were uncomfortable showering with the used Russian wastewater and preferred using their own.
The Russians were happy to sell the unit to the Americans. “We don’t know why they want their own. They never had to wait more than an hour or two to borrow ours.”
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