How do you pee in Space?
Here are some excellent space travel facts to celebrate the Moon landing, with Science Museum curator Doug Millard. #Apollo50
Peeing in space in the days of Apollo involved a ‘urine transfer assembly’ and if you needed to go to the loo on the Moon – a nappy! Nowadays there are toilets and urine is recycled to be used as drinking water. Faeces are put in an un-crewed spacecraft and burnt up in the atmosphere.
Space food is dehydrated, meaning you have to inject it with water with a water gun to eat it. These cheese cracker cubes are from the NASA Apollo Programme.
This is the Apollo 10 command module. It carried astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan and was launched in May 1969 on a lunar orbital mission as the dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 landing.
This is the J-2 engine used on the Saturn V rocket that put Apollo spacecraft into the orbit of the Earth. It’s the engine that took humanity to another world.
This piece of the moon is estimated to be about 3 billion years old. It’s kept in a container filled with nitrogen and has never come into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere. It was collected by astronaut David Scott from the Moon’s surface in 1971.
The Soyuz TMA-19M is the actual spacecraft that took astronaut Tim Peake up to the International Space Station in 2015. Its parachute canopy is about the size of two tennis courts. You can see the scorch marks from its re-entry into Earth.
And now for something truly wholesome. This model of Apollo 11 was made by a 12-year-old boy who watched the Moon landing in awe. That little boy is now the Museum’s curator, Doug Millard!