English home Forum Photo Gallery Features Newsletter Archive   About US Help Site Map
- Newsletter
- Online Community
- China Biz Info
- News Archive
- Feedback
- Voices of Readers
- Weather Forecast
 RSS Feeds
- China 
- Business 
- World 
- Sci-Edu 
- Culture/Life 
- Sports 
- Photos 
- Most Popular 
- FM Briefings 
 About China
- China at a glance
- China in brief 2004
- Chinese history
- Constitution
- Laws & regulations
- CPC & state organs
- Ethnic minorities
- Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping

Home >> Sci-Edu
UPDATED: 09:53, October 14, 2005
Deadly flatulence: how to excrete without risk in space?
font size    

For astronauts, going to the bathroom has an entirely different meaning.

In a microgravity environment, flatulence, which contains flammable gases, like hydrogen and firedamp, can more easily ignite.

An astronauts can be blown away by his or her own intestinal gas, which can also pollute the air inside space capsules, according to Li Tanqiu, an aerospace expert.

American and Russian astronauts have confessed that, in space, there is no such thing as toilet humor.

Chinese scientists have installed a home-made "space toilet" in the Shenzhou-6 spaceship, which launched Wednesday for China's first multi-piloted, multi-day space mission. The mission has drastically complicated what was only a minor issue in China's first manned space trial, in which the lone astronaut, Yang Liwei, stayed in space for less than one day.

But China has found a smart solution. Astronauts aboard Shenzhou-6 are using a soft plastic hose and air-pumping device in the toilet that conveniently sucks waste into a fixed container, according to Li.

Source: Xinhua

Comments on the story Comment on the story Recommend to friends Tell a friend Print friendly Version Print friendly format Save to disk Save this

- Text Version
- RSS Feeds
- China Forum
- Newsletter
- People's Comment
- Most Popular
 Related News
- Shenzhou-6 undergoes first orbit maintenance operation

- Shenzhou-6 fulfils planned experiments in second day's flight

- Family members bid happy birthday to astronaut Nie Haisheng in space

- Beijing, Jiuquan, Xi'an aerospace centers jointly monitor Shenzhou-6's flight

- Shenzhou-6 astronauts communicate with doctors in codes

Online marketplace of Manufacturers & Wholesalers
Copyright by People's Daily Online, all rights reserved