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ISS, SpaceX. Flight to Earth without a working toilet. Uncomfortable return of astronauts from the ISS

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Four astronauts will depart the International Space Station (ISS) this weekend. When they return to Earth, they will be deprived of a toilet. The toilet in the SpaceX capsule to be flown has been closed for two months. The journey is expected to take approximately 20 hours.

Astronaut Megan McArthur, one of four people who will return to Earth after a six-month visit to the ISS, announced the defect on Friday at a press conference from the orbital station. She described the situation as “suboptimal” but manageable.

“Space flight is full of many small challenges,” she said. So we don’t worry too much about it – she added.

McArthur explained that the four astronauts decided to return to Earth with a non-functioning toilet because they did not want to delay take off from the ISS, which had already been postponed for a week due to an undisclosed medical problem involving one of the crew members.

Half a year on the International Space Station

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Among the four astronauts scheduled to return to Earth is French Thomas Pesquet, who briefly told journalists about his six-month stay at the ISS. He did not hide that it was a very intense period for him, because he carried out a series of space walks there, the purpose of which was to improve the station’s power grid.

The astronauts also experienced a slight deviation of the station from its normal position due to the self-firing of engines in a Russian science probe that docked to the ISS some time ago. The station also hosted a Russian film crew, which shot a feature film there.

Astronauts also boasted that they had grown the first chili peppers in space. “It’s a nice emotional experience,” said McArthur. “They have a pleasant taste and are characteristically spicy,” she added.

Next to McArthur and Pesquet, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Japanese Akihiko Hoshide will return to Earth. They stayed at the ISS from April 23. After their departure, one American and two Russians will remain at the station.

International Space Station ISS (Maciej Zieliński / DPA / PAP)Maciej Zieliński / DPA / PAP

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