How To: Use The International Space Station's Bathroom

May 11, 2015


This is a video of astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti demonstrating (without actually demonstrating) how to use the International Space Station's toilet. It works pretty much exactly how you'd expect, provided you didn't expect you could just use it like a regular toilet because you don't believe in low gravity. Also, astronauts must be super clean because Samantha doesn't seem to have any problem touching all the parts of the ONE TOILET that her and seven other people use everyday. Did you know the toilet actually bags your solid waste like picking up after a dog? Because it does that. Still, I spend a lot of time in the bathroom so I've got the feeling if I were ever an astronaut it would only be a matter of days before there was a mutiny and I was tossed out an airlock with my space-pants still around my ankles.

Keep going for the informative video, then go pee on your own floor.

Thanks to xAM, who agrees it's important to know these things in case you ever wake up and find yourself on a space station.

  • Juancarlos Rodriguez

    Ummm wait did she use urine and portable water in the same sentence, hey this water looks a lot like gatorade...guys it tastes a bit sour....

  • Noswellicus

    She just rubs her hands all over that thing. Fook it.

  • shashi

    So who do i have to screw to get a vacuum pump on my toilet? Pushing one out seems outdated

  • Jenness

    That's hilarious

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  • steve holt

    that chick is filthy....oh wait, she's Italian.

  • Richard Martin

    So, I've got a question.. when you do a number 2.. does the feces hit the fan?

  • shashi

    No. But that tube does take the piss

  • ODwanKenObi

    It must be very cold in the space station.

  • Mihos Bubastis

    Good job, Wolowitz

  • EngineerIntern

    I was in charge of a metal piece that is used to convert urine to drinking water. While packaging it to get sent off, I dropped it.... If your water tastes funny, I'm sorry. =(

  • Grayzon

    That answered one of my all time ISS questions... THANKS!

  • Jenness

    All urine gets recycled into potable water. Oh kayy. Yeahhh. Crosses off Astronaut from my list.

  • joevsyou

    ALLL WATER ON THIS PLANET as been pissed and pooped and recycled 10000000 times. IF anything their water is cleaner then U.S tap water

  • Jenness

    it's still gross because it's human waste of you and your coworkers. The rest is animal..and we eat animals and clouds and evaporation is this huge purifying agent and it's not like like taking a sip of water and eyeing the astronaut next to you "Geez Vladislov, stop it with the freeze dried asparagus spears, I can taste it in the water!"

  • GeneralDisorder

    Did you skip the water cycle class in 3rd grade science?

    There's a distinct possibility that every single water molecule on earth has been inside a living creature and expelled as urine at some point.

  • Joey T

    With that number one hose bet the men stay in the bathroom for ungodly amount of time.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    I guess they have better devices for that. After all there is one toilet for a lot of people and with all those people crammed in a tiny bottle on orbit there is no such a thing as privacity. Probably everybody there can recognize each other by their farts.

  • Tyguy

    She sure doesn't mind touching every part of that thing.

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