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NASA Gallery - Space Shuttle Discovery > Space Shuttle Discovery Toilet by National Geographic

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National Geographic National Geographic
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1
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0.86 Gigapixels
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1331
Date added
Apr 08, 2012
Date taken
Jan 24, 2012
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astrophotography, photojournalism
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The toilet on the space shuttle was known as the Waste Collection System (WCS) and collected human waste through air flow and the suction it created. Liquid waste was vented to space but solid waste was moved to a cylindrical container below deck and exposed to vacuum to dry it. Air used in these processes is filtered before returning to the crew module to avoid odor problems and remove bacteria.

Photographer: Jon Brack
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