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The Constellation Urine – Astronaut Pee

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That’s right, kids – astronauts pee too!  Except they have to pee in some sort of space-porta-potty that probably doesn’t smell as bad as the ones at outdoor music festivals.  Yuck.  What you see above is the plume of a huge water and urine dump from shuttle Discovery this last week.  The shuttle, while docked with the International Space Station, sprayed about 150 pounds of waste water and pee-pee out into space on September 10 – as you can assume, independent shuttle trackers and other geeks flipped the $#%^ out.

“IS THE SHUTTLE ON FIRE?!  IS IT VENTING SOMETHING?”
Nope.  Just pee.  Here’s another picture from Space Weather (September 10 archive), which has some details on the extraurine activity.  BWAHA!

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From the Space Weather website:

Sky watchers across North America witnessed a strange event on Wednesday night. As space shuttle Discovery glided silently overhead, the orbiter sprouted a flamboyant comet-like tail.

“The shuttle put on a major light show,” says Perry.

In Madison, Wisconsin, photographer Abe Megahed witnessed a similar display: “The shuttle was sporting a massive curved plume. What could it be? Something venting? Reaction Control System thrusters? A massive, record-breaking urine dump?”

Stop laughing. Shuttle pilot Kevin Ford was indeed scheduled to carry out a number of “waste water” dumps over a several hour period around the time of these observations. Pristine water supplies and condensates were also dumped overboard in preparation for landing on Thursday, Sept. 10th.

Thanks, Space.com!