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February 07, 2016

'In 2000, scientists in Houston developed a cushion to absorb astronauts' flatulence.'

Originally called the Toot Trapper, the Flatulence Filter used charcoal to absorb the odor when NASA astronauts battled flatulence. Apparently, it's quite an issue within the space program.

Without gravity to separate liquids from gases, astronauts easily develop excess gas. They are confined to tight quarters during missions, which can make for an uncomfortable situation. NASA has struggled to solve the problem since the inception of the space program, trying different foods and even supplying the commander of the 1972 Apollo 17 mission with simethicone (Gas-X, Mylanta, etc.) to relieve the buildup.

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