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SpaceX confirms alarm went off during Inspiration4 mission

Not long ago, the Inspiration4 mission put civilian astronauts into orbit for the first time. They entered orbit aboard a special Crew Dragon capsule that ditched the docking devices normally used to communicate with the International Space Station in favor of a dome that would allow astronauts to see space and Earth during their mission. Also in the dome area, there was a bathroom equipped for the mission.

The Inspiration team received training to use the space toilet in preparation for the mission. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed via Twitter that there were problems with the toilet without further details. It is now known that during the mission, the crew on board the flight had to deal with the alarm, and this alarm had occurred romantic relationship with the bathroom.

It was part of the crew training on how to handle emergencies. They worked with the ground controllers to determine the cause of the problem. Going to the bathroom in space is cumbersome and without specialized equipment, garbage goes everywhere except the bathroom, which would make an incredible mess and could cause illness among the crew.

Restrooms aboard the Crew Dragon capsule have fans inside to ensure trash goes where it’s supposed to go. Alarms that went off during the mission indicated that one of the fans had a mechanical problem. Crew members from SpaceX and Inspiraiton4 made it clear that the toilet issue did not endanger the capsule or the crew.

There were times during the mission when the spacecraft crew had no contact with Earth. In total, about 10 percent of the time, the crew had no communication and were able to operate smoothly thanks to their training. Going to the bathroom in space is tricky, and in Inspiration4 there was only a curtain that separated the person using the bathroom from the rest of the crew. Not perfect, but his bathroom had the best view in the universe thanks to the dome.

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