NASA Finally Made a Toilet for Women

Buzz Aldrin remembers feeling “buoyant” and “full of goose pimples” when he stepped onto the moon in 1969, becoming the second person to touch the surface of another world. The view was magnificent.

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The first thing he did was examine the ground beneath his boots. “I immediately looked down at my feet and became intrigued with the peculiar properties of the lunar dust,” the Apollo astronaut recalled in one of his memoirs. “If one kicks sand on a beach, it scatters in numerous directions with some grains traveling farther than others. On the moon the dust travels exactly and precisely as it goes in various directions, and every grain of it lands very nearly the same distance away.”

The second thing he did was pee.

Aldrin, the first person to urinate on the moon (into a special collection device worn around his

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NASA astronaut steps down from Boeing Starliner crew so he’ll be on Earth for daughter’s wedding

A former NASA astronaut is bowing out of Boeing’s first crewed space flight due to the gravity of an upcoming family commitment— his daughter’s wedding.

Christopher Ferguson in a blue shirt: Chris Ferguson is showing that space is not his top priority.

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Chris Ferguson is showing that space is not his top priority.

In a post on his personal Twitter account Wednesday, Chris Ferguson said he was stepping down as commander of the Boeing Starliner crew and skipping next year’s trip to the International Space Station so he could keep his feet “planted here firmly on Earth.”

He called the decision “difficult and personal,” but one that “prioritizes my most important crew — my family.”

“I’m deeply committed to human space flight. I’m dedicated to the Starliner program, and I’m passionate about the team that has built her. But next year is very important for my family,” Ferguson, who previously piloted the Space Shuttle Atlantis, said in a video attached to his post.

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