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Every fact you’ve ever wanted to know about peeing and pooing in space

Author Mary Robinette Kowal has good reason for knowing all about the trials and tribulations of answering the call of nature in space, and it’s her award-winning character, Elma York, otherwise known as The Lady Astronaut of Mars.

With a lot of people currently obsessed with space travel, due to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, there’ve been some discussions around women in space, so she decided to share her detailed knowledge, and it’s fascinating.

She got straight to the point.

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The history of space pee was certainly not straightforward.

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And she reminded us that the best laid plans of mice and NASA can go Pete Tong – in the words of the poet.

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The first attempt at solving the problem didn’t work …

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because of the fragile male ego.

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If the pee situation sounds bad, it got a lot worse when poo was involved, as is so often the case.

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They went a little more high-tech.

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It wasn’t ideal.

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We were all glad to learn that the legend that is Buzz Aldrin had chalked up at least one first.

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However, the background to Apollo 13’s Fred Haise’s illness had us wincing for the poor guy.

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The solution they arrived at for women seemed preferable to the chaps’ paraphernalia, what with the tiny condoms and the vacuums and UTIs.

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