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Elon Musk confessed that the space tourists had “some problems” with the toilets on board

Elon Musk said on Twitter that SpaceX plans to upgrade equipment for its next space tourism flight, including restrooms. The Inspiration4 crew of four non-astronauts took off on Wednesday, September 15, aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. They landed on Earth three days later, on Saturday, September 18.

Elon Musk tweeted on Monday, September 20, that he had met with the crew in person in Florida and then responded to questions from Twitter users about the company’s plans for the next mission. Responding to a user, Elon Musk said that the next flight will have “improved toilets”, adding that “we had some problems with this flight.” The billionaire did not specify what those challenges were, or how exactly the toilets would be improved.

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Jared Isaacman, one of the Inspiration4 passengers, told Insider in July that Crew Dragon’s bathroom is located on the roof of the spacecraft and has a glass dome, meaning crew members have a view. 360 degrees when using the bathroom. “It doesn’t offer a lot of privacy. But you have this kind of privacy curtain that goes across the top of the spaceship, allowing you to separate yourself from everyone,” the billionaire explained. Jared Isaacman added that learning to use the bathroom aboard the spacecraft is part of the rigorous training of civilian astronauts before the flight.

Illustration of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship with a glass dome or “cupola” on its nose, containing the toilet. Spacex

Elon Musk also indicated that the next flight will be equipped with a small oven to heat food and a WiFi connection provided by Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet project.

The Inspiration4 mission team ate cold pizza during their three-day flight. While in space, they chatted with Elon Musk and actor Tom Cruise.

Original version: Isobel Asher Hamilton / Insider

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