Here’s What Happens To Astronaut Poop
Astronauts are so much cooler than everyone else that even their poop is way more awesome.
A new infographic from NASA explains what happens after astronauts complete a number two in orbit: The dump gets dumped and “will burn up in the atmosphere and look like shooting stars.”
“Your feces will not be shooting stars,” the space agency taunted the rest of us.
The infographic was created to explain some of what’s happening to astronaut Scott Kelly during his yearlong mission aboard the International Space Station, which marked its midpoint on Wednesday.
According to the graphic, he’ll be making plenty of material for shooting stars: He’ll drop about a half pound of poo a day, or 180 pounds of it during his year in space:
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But while your poo may not become a shooting star, odds are you won’t have to drink your own pee, either — something Kelly will have to do aboard the ISS.
NASA says he’ll guzzle about 730 liters of recycled urine and sweat during his year in space.
The graphic goes beyond bodily fluids. For example, Kelly will see as many as 10,944 sunrises and sunsets during his year in space. The most those of us here on Earth can hope for in that time is 684.
Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are spending a year aboard the ISS as part of the “Year in Space” project, which is studying what happens to the human body while in space for an extended period of time.
Kelly has been tweeting about the experience from the ISS, sending out some unforgettable images along the way: