In space, no one can hear you poop. Or at least, probably not, since you're trying really hard not to poop at all. Because this is what you have to go in.
Earlier today former ISS commander Chris Hadfield shared this terrifying picture of what the humble commode looks like on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft via his Facebook page. And, yikes. On the left is what he describes as the "human interface" aspect.
He also shared this fascinating, terrible tidbit of astronaut lore: Before being catapulted into the last frontier, Soyuz astronauts get not one, but TWO enemas. And we thought not doing laundry for months sounded bad.
For all those who volutneer for the "one way Mars mission", I wonder how many might change their minds after seeing this, lol.
Ok, now lets see a side by side pic of NASA's ISS toilet.
I am very much afraid to ask which one of those ends ends up connected to the planet Uranus. When was Vaseline invented again? And you wonder why their cosmonauts sit down on their haunches the first hours or so after landing from a stint in space. Well, guess no more.
The toilet developed for the Space Shuttle was actually quite a sophisticated piece of engineering. On the other hand, the Russians never were never able to design a decent space toilet, and as a result their space stations like Mir always had a nasty odor of sewage. This is something every western crewman that traveled to Mir described.