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Toilet Troubles Triggered Alarm on SpaceX Mission

October 18, 2021 Eric Sorensen
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Toilet Troubles Triggered Alarm on SpaceX Mission
Show Notes

The billionaire race to space has provided a list of fascinating headlines. The most recent escapade, which involved Elon Musk’s SpaceX launching the Inspiration4 mission into orbit, added a rather unsanitary headline to the list.

No professional astronauts rode with the Inspiration4 crew, leaving the amateurs to solve any issues that arose on their own. They did, however, have communications with the SpaceX team — and that came in handy when an alarm sounded.

CNN Business reported the problem came from a fan in a toilet. The fan’s purpose is to create suction to make sure that human waste goes the right direction in the zero-gravity environment. Adding to the popular saying regarding fans and fecal matter, the fan malfunctioned, and the alarm went off.