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How long can an astronaut hold using the toilet?

The main toilet aboard the International Space Station had an unfortunate problem - it stopped working. As a result, crew on Earth needed to provide detailed instructions to several astronauts how to repair the toilet.

Space Station Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Frank De Winne today replaced components of the Waste Hygiene Compartment, which pumps chemicals to separate liquids from solid waste, NASA said on its Web site. After the toilet broke yesterday, astronauts had to use another one on the station or one aboard the visiting space shuttle Endeavour.

In the meantime, astronauts were able to use toilets aboard the Endeavour or the Russian side.

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