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RUSSIA SAYS THE AMERICAN TOILET ON THE SPACE STATION BLEW UP

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Space Toilet

Russian media is  reporting that  the American toilet on the International Space Station (ISS) burst late last week, spilling gallons of fluid that astronauts had to catch with towels.

Sure, it sounds like a story about an exceptionally bad roommate — but it might also be the latest escalation in the deterioration of relations between Russia and the U.S. in space, lending grim gravitas to the plumbing snafu.

Pee Tape

A source  told  Sputnik News , which is closely affiliated with the Russian government, that the toilet in the U.S. section of the ISS malfunctioned on Friday, spilling water into the microgravity environment. Water is a precious resource on the ISS, where filtration systems recycle  shower water, sweat, and urine .

“Our colleagues at the [Tranquility module of the ISS] had an incident on Friday,” the source said. “Astronauts separated the water supply line and the liquid leaked. Over 10 liters of water leaked before the problem was fixed. The crew had to collect the water using towels.”

Hole Story

Though it sounds silly, the leak underscores a worrying decline in relations between Russia and the U.S. — not just down here on Earth, but  in space as well . This past summer, when a small hole was discovered in the ISS,  Russian authorities suggested that it could have been sabotage.

And that means that any new international friction in space, even when it’s seemingly gross and minor, is cause for concern.

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