Demand for more plumbers in space after SpaceX loo leaks pee for three days

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NASA engineers have had to call in the plumbers ahead of this weekend's SpaceX launch, as it turns out Elon Musk's space shuttle sprung a leak for three days on its last outing.

A pipe attached to a zero-gravity space toilet on the SpaceX Crew Dragon shuttle reportedly came loose during its last outing, which saw four civilians spend three days in orbit.

It is said that urine got sucked into a fan system and sprayed out of the toilet in all directions. Luckily, the leak was contained to a storage area under the floor, which meant the crew were able to avoid getting drenched.

An alarm went off during the mission, terrifying the crew who then had to work out the issue with SpaceX controllers on the ground. Apparently, nobody noticed any issues while on the flight.

"We didn't really notice it, the crew didn't even notice it, until we got back," said SpaceX's Bill GerstenMaier.

"When we got the vehicle back, we looked under the floor and saw the fact that there was contamination underneath the floor of Inspiration4."

NASA's space plumbers were called to fix the toilet, which has now been redesigned to ensure that no tubes can come loose during an upcoming flight this weekend

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Space toilets are among the most expensive in the world, and play a critical role in enabling people to go to space.

In 2020, NASA sent a $24 million toilet to the space station, which uses suction to allow people to do their business in zero-gravity and then recycles the liquid for drinking water.

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