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Tykeanaut
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posted 04-12-2013 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just had this Daily Mail article sent to me. It concerns Apollo 10 and their "restroom issues".
Newly discovered transcripts from NASA’s Apollo 10 mission have revealed that the astronauts came across some unexpected (and unwanted) problems during the trip.

The record of conversations from the 1969 Moon mission reveal that the spacemen had to tackle some tricky toilet-related issues.

It suggests that Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan had not entirely got to grips with how to use the spacecraft’s bathroom facilities.

garymilgrom
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posted 04-12-2013 05:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Makes you realize exactly how glamorous spaceflight is. I'm sure there's lots of instances where astronauts performed unpleasant actions to keep everything as clean as possible.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-12-2013 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The offending item would be known locally as "A Mersey Trout"!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-12-2013 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Newly discovered transcripts from NASA’s Apollo 10 mission...
If anyone is curious why this is in the news now, when the transcript has been available for years, NBC News explains:
Some reports have suggested that the transcript describing Apollo 10's "Close Encounters of the Turd Kind" was released just recently, but it's actually been declassified for decades. The 44-year-old conversation sparked a new round of giggles over the past week, due to its renewed exposure on The Straight Dope, Laughing Squid, Reddit and elsewhere. You'll find lots more rude talk in the Apollo 10 transcript if you look hard enough — and if you need a little help, Distractions in Space stands ready to lend a hand. So to speak.

nasamad
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posted 04-12-2013 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
J.L. may know something about this, he posted a grab from the transcript on his Retro facebook page.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 04-12-2013 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
The offending item would be known locally as "A Mersey Trout"!

AKA the Captain's log...

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-12-2013 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Damn it! Why didn't I think of that one....

moorouge
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posted 04-12-2013 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 10 wasn't the only flight where this was a problem, but the one that had the most publicity.

And it wasn't just on Apollo where this happened. Bob Overmyer told me of one of his shuttle flights where the crew spent days breathing in a brown haze.

In another thread I did suggest that if the general public had any real idea about the sanitary arrangements on a space mission that even the keenest might have second thoughts.

On edit - according to Al Worden, the abiding memory of his flight was the sight of Dave Scott floating in front of him with a 'John Mk.2' taped to his backside.

Blackarrow
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posted 04-12-2013 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps Bill Anders had the right idea...

Captain Apollo
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posted 04-14-2013 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Captain Apollo   Click Here to Email Captain Apollo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Blackarrow:
Perhaps Bill Anders had the right idea...

Didn't protect him from Frank Borman's effluvia...

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