This Is What Astronauts Use to Poop in Space (Ew. Awesome. ...Ew.)

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So our dear friend Cmdr. Chris Hadfield shared a horrifying piece of trivia this morning: Soyuz astronauts get two enemas before launch. Which is a little uncomfortable, but necessary because, uh, Soyuz restroom looks like this.

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The "human interface" part is on the left, and all that brown tubing coming from it is illustrative in a highly regrettable around lunchtime sort of way. Space! The final frontier like on Oregon Trail where dysentery is terrifying. [Facebook]

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The Space Shuttle toilet is far more advanced. U-S-A! U-S-A! Of course, the Soyuz still flies and the Shuttle, well, not so much.