Plumbing problem on the space station

May 28, 2008 11:38:26 AM PDT
The international space station has a plumbing problem: the lone toilet is broken. So NASA may make an in-orbit plumbing service call when space shuttle Discovery visits next week.

Until then, the three-man crew will have to make do with a jury-rigged system when they need to urinate.

NASA says the crew has used the toilet on the Soyuz return capsule, but it has a limited capacity. They are now using a back-up bag-like collection system that can be connected to the broken toilet.

A NASA spokesman added, "Like any home anywhere the importance of having a working bathroom is obvious."