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Space loo

By: ELOISE WALTON

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CREW MEMBERS aboard the International Space Station have been fumbling with plastic bags after their zero-gravity toilet stopped working properly.

Astronauts aboard the NASA space shuttle Discovery will be carrying an extra piece of cargo, a new toilet pump, when they launched on Saturday (May 31).

“You can imagine you are having guests over and your one and only bathroom is broken. Clearly this is something you want to have working,” said a NASA spokesman.

A second toilet is also planned. The space toilets vent waste matter into space and work using carefully designed vacuums so nothing unpleasant escapes into the gravity-free station.