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Astronaut tasked with repairing ISS toilets

By T.K. Randall
November 28, 2016 · Comment icon 2 comments

Plumbers are few and far between 400km above the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
One of Thomas Pesquet's first tasks aboard the space station wasn't quite what he was hoping for.
The 38-year-old, who is the first French astronaut in almost a decade, was all smiles as he arrived aboard the International Space Station just over a week ago alongside NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who at 56 is now officially the oldest woman to have ever been in space.
The pair didn't get much time to settle in however before they were tasked with what is perhaps the least glamorous job possible for an astronaut - fixing the station's zero-gravity lavatory.

"It was a spot of bad luck," said Pesquet. "But at the same time I reckoned that as this happened at the start of the mission we have used up our quota of bad luck."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (2)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by RabidMongoose 6 years ago
Dave? Dave? Was that you? For Christs sake I told you not to eat that curry last night, you've blocked the bog again. Now what are we supposed to do? Well I ain't going outside to fix it this time, you'll have to go. Whats that smell? Sorry Lisa its Dave, he's gone and blocked the bog again. Oh man, I can smell it all the way from the bunks. You dirty swine Dave, you need to book yourself into see a doctor when we get back down to Earth. That smell isn't human.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Hello, Roto-Rooter.  Do you make Space Station calls?

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