Members of Inspiration 4, the first civilian space mission, faced a crash while in orbit. On board the Crew Dragon spacecraft, an alarm went off – due to a toilet malfunction.
In spacecraft toilets, the products of human metabolism are sucked into appropriate tanks by fans that generate a strong air flow. During the flight of the Inspiration 4 mission, the first orbital mission without the participation of professional NASA astronauts or other space agencies, not everything went according to plan.
On board the ship belonging to the SpaceX company, an alarm went off that signaled a toilet failure. As Jared Isaacman, one of the crew, explained to CNN, the fault was with the suction fan. Isaacman noted that the SpaceX team was instructing the crew to repair the fan, so the repair was successful.
“Some Challenges” aboard the Crew Dragon
Two days after the astronauts arrived on Earth, Elon Musk, director of SpaceX, reported on Twitter about “some challenges” related to the operation of the toilet.
Inspiration Mission 4
After a three-day journey, the members of the Inspiration 4 mission returned to Earth on September 19. The goal of the mission was to inspire others to travel to space and raise money for research into childhood cancer.
Billionaire stunt pilot and pilot Jared Isaacman funded a three-day mission and purchased seats on board for the three remaining members, doctor Hayley Arceneaux, geologist Sian Proctor, and computer scientist Chris Sembroski.
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