Watch This Astronaut Explain Space Toilets

May 11, 2015

Ever wondered how astronauts go to the bathroom in space? You're in luck: Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gives a tour of the International Space Station bathroom in a new video shared by the European Space Agency.

Watch as Cristoforetti, an Italian national who's returning to Earth this week, explains how to use the high-tech zero gravity toilet — and how the crew's urine is converted into drinking water.

See Scott Kelly's First 30 Days in Space

Good guesses on my 1st #SpaceGeo pic! I'll announce the winner Friday. Do you know your geo? http://1.usa.gov/1bw0Xuh
Scott Kelly has posted a photo almost every day since arriving at the ISS. Here, see a selection from his first 30 days in space. (Via Twitter on April 23, 2015)Scott Kelly—NASA
Good guesses on my 1st #SpaceGeo pic! I'll announce the winner Friday. Do you know your geo? http://1.usa.gov/1bw0Xuh
Was asked what I write down on this small kneeboard. Mostly hardware serial numbers and #ISS locations. #YearInSpace
I wonder what they do here. #NorthAfrica #YearInSpace
Looks serene from @Space_Station, but my thoughts are still with the people affected by the #NepalEarthquake.
#Movie night in micro #Gravity aboard #ISS on our new HD projector which we use for conferences, tech software, etc..
My #bedroom aboard #ISS. All the comforts of #home. Well, most of them. #YearInSpace
#EarthObservations Window on the world. Studying our planet from the cupola on @space_station #NoPlaceLikeHome
Blown away by a dust swept #RedSea. Good morning from the @space_station!  #YearInSpace.
#Calcutta area shimmers in the sunlight. #YearInSpace
Africa. I wonder what these desert sands look like up close?#YearInSpace
Working on #ISS research today & how micro gravity impacts aging and muscles of the C Elegan roundworm. #YearInSpace
Great job @AstroSamantha and @AstroTerry capturing #SpaceX Dragon this morning! #YearInSpace
The varied colors of #Madagascar. #YearInSpace
Sometimes the #world seems to shimmer. #YearInSpace
Congrats @SpaceX and @NASA team on a successful launch! Watched with my crewmates aboard #ISS. #YearInSpace
This #butterfly caught my eye while flying high above the #gulfofmexico. #YearInSpace
Not sure what is going on on this beach in #Mexico but it's a striking image. #YearInSpace
#Earth is breathtaking. #YearInSpace
Hopefully this is pollen or algae and not something man made. #YearInSpace
Madagascar drains its red mud into the Indian Ocean. #YearInSpace
Looks messy, but it's functional. Our #food table on the @space station. What's for breakfast? #YearInSpace
#Patagonia never disappoints. #YearInSpace
#Australia. You are very beautiful. Thanks for being there to brighten our day. #YearInSpace
Good morning Southern #Florida from the #ISS. #YearInSpace
Enjoying Saturday evening dinner with @AstroTerry on the #ISS
#FlashbackFriday Got my 1st EMT training at 16. Emergency medical training on #ISS keeps me 35 years proficient.
.@FLOTUS Thank you. Made it! Moving into crew quarters on @space_station to begin my #yearinspace.
Scott Kelly has posted a photo almost every day since arriving at the ISS. Here, see a selection from his first 30 days
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Scott Kelly—NASA
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