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Kennedy Space Center: How do astronauts ... go ... in space? | Video

By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

9:38 AM EDT, June 28, 2013

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Saturday, and without a doubt the centerpiece is the actual orbiter, which is displayed in a manner that looks like it's floating in space.

But there are other exhibits in the space, and one in particular is getting attention. It shows how International Space Station astronauts live: How they sleep, eat, work out -- and how they pee -- without the aid of gravity.

"Aim is very important," the signage states.

A space toilet and step-by-step instructions help guests sort of re-enact the process. First, take a seat. Then, "use the camera." What? Well, the camera, located above the toilet, is only used in training to help astronauts learn the proper angle.

Other steps include "minor coaxing," followed by flushing and the all-important cleanup.

In an industry that loves its acronyms -- NASA, ISS, VAB, SRB, etc. -- this may be TMI for some. But it gets a lot of giggles (and photo ops) from others.