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$90 million malodorous toilet

July 15, 2011

WASHINGTON — When the space shuttle Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station, they were greeted with a smell that could alienate anyone: A malodorous toilet, according to the International Business Times.

Air bubbles had clogged the plumbing of the $90 million toilet, causing the odor to emanate throughout the laboratory''s lavatory, the story stated.

The International Space Station has two toilets, one on the Russian side and another on the American side, both of which, like all toilets, require regular maintenance, the story noted.

"One day you''re outside spacewalking, doing the most outrageous things the humans have ever done; the next day, you''re fixing toilets and unpacking boxes," astronaut Mike Fossum said.

The damaged parts were fixed and the smell, according to the crew, has largely dissipated, the story added.

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