In space
September 14, 2000 2:42 PM   Subscribe

In space no one can hear you ... never mind.
posted by highindustrial (4 comments total)
This reminds me of the loving detail Arthur C. Clarke lavished on the "zero-g toilet" in his novelization of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
posted by peterb at 3:24 PM on September 14, 2000

The astronauts have wanted a better toilet for years. The one on the shuttle has gone through at least two distinct generations of technology, and it's still uncomfortable and, ahem, "lossy". I think it's safe to say that never has so much R&D money been spent on an item that provides no mission benefits or scientific returns ...
posted by dhartung at 4:44 PM on September 14, 2000

Isn't the point that it stops any "scientific returns"?
posted by holgate at 4:48 PM on September 14, 2000

a seriously important issue none-the-less. think about it.

astronaut food looks not much different from when it is squeezed out of the tube to when it is squeezed out of the astronaut.

imagine, dinner time, a morsel floats by. do you eat it? well do ya?
posted by daddyray at 11:04 PM on September 17, 2000

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