On Friday, while the International Space Station crew were trying to install the new Universal Waste Management System, a next-generation toilet system that’s supposed to be smaller, cleaner, lighter and more efficient than what they have now, something went wrong that lead to the water leak. The toilet in the US segment of the space station, aka the Tranquility module, blew up. Specifically, one of the water pipes leaked, sending about 2.5 gallons of water drifting throughout the station. In the microgravity environment of the station, water molecules had stuck to each other forming sphere-like shapes. When about 10 liters of water leaked, the ISS crew had to collect the lumbs using toilets. Fortunately, they were able to successfully collect the water using toilets and not much harm was caused. A NASA spokesperson said in an emailed statement, “astronauts detached a connection point to the potable water system and about two and a half gallons of water leaked from the system. As anyone who has worked on plumbing in their own home knows, these types of things sometimes happen.” The International Space Station is scheduled to receive a new Toilet System early next year, but will continue using its existing one till then. The double stall enclosure was successfully installed and the water has been dealt with.
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