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Did Apollo leave poop on the moon?

If you google the question, you will find an abundance of sources discussing the alleged fact that the Apollo missions left bags of fecal matter on the moon. A conversation on reddit got me looking ...
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Did the Apollo astronauts ever take any medications while on their mission in order to calm their nerves?

Are there any indications that Apollo astronauts took any medication to overcome conditions like fear or claustrophobia? Or did NASA rely purely on training to prepare the astronauts for situations in ...
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Apollo 14-17 - Why didn't they keep the Lunar Module docked as a lifeboat for the way back to Earth?

During Apollo 13, the Lunar Module had to be used as a lifeboat in order to save the astronauts. Then, it was only jettisoned from the Command Module shortly before Earth re-entry (even after the ...
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Was there a backup plan in case the Shuttle toilet malfunctioned?

What was the plan in case the Space Shuttle toilet malfunctioned? How were the astronauts expected to then handle their waste? Did they carry Apollo-style fecal collection assemblies (poop bags)? ...
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How would astronauts brave a 19 hour trip to ISS inside Crew Dragon capsule?

From when the astronauts board the Crew Dragon launch vehicle to docking with ISS is around 22 hours. Are the astronauts going to remain immobile through the duration of flight? How do astronauts ...
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What were the "pills" that were added to solid waste in Apollo 7?

In the BBC News Worldservice podcast 10, 9, 8, 7: The dramatic missions that made the Moon landing possible told by retired astronaut Nicole Stott (Expeditions 20, 21, STS-128 and STS-133) after ...
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Was "I have the farts, again" broadcast from the Moon to the whole world?

The BBC News article Apollo in 50 numbers: Medicine and health says: When Apollo 16 commander John Young walked on the Moon, he shared his feelings on the new diet with his companion Charlie Duke. ...
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What electronic game was first to be played in space?

Analogously to What card or board game was first played in space? I'd like to ask what electronic game was first to be played in space. It could be a handheld dedicated game or something running on a ...
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Did any Apollo astronaut remain disrobed to simplify his waste disposal?

This comment claims As I recall, at least one of the Apollo crews spent much of the transit time au naturel due to the hassles of waste management. Is this true to any extent? (As @OrganicMarble ...
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Was the kill-the-moon-bugs disinfectant the same as the kill-the-Earth-bugs disinfectant?

During the Apollo program, measures were taken to prevent Earth microbes from contaminating the moon, and to prevent hypothetical moon life from infecting the Earth. What were the disinfectants used ...
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Will the Artemis lunar landers provide some privacy?

As we learned in Did astronauts on the moon poop in front of each other the Apollo lunar landers provided no privacy. The Artemis missions will have members of both sexes, so privacy becomes a bit ...
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Pee processing in space

Do astronauts drink each their own pee or is there a common pee container where all pee get collected and processed? It's clear to me that the obtained water must be sterile, but even then, I imagine ...
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