SpaceX delays astronauts’ return due to weather – cutting time without a toilet

SpaceX delayed the return of four astronauts, who were in orbit at the International Space Station since spring, due to high winds off Florida.
Good news for the American, French, and Japanese astronauts is that their return to Earth will now take eight hours instead of 20 as previously planned.

Because the SpaceX capsule has a broken toilet, they will be able to use diapers less often.

SpaceX had originally scheduled for the astronauts to depart the station Sunday in order to splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico Monday morning. SpaceX changed the departure date to Monday afternoon due to gusts that exceeded safety limits. They will return to Earth on Monday night to complete their six-month mission.

SpaceX is still aiming for Wednesday night launch for a replacement mission for returning astronauts. Bad weather and an unnamed medical issue have also delayed the flight. Officials said that the issue was minor and should be resolved before launch.

SpaceX and Nasa changed the order of the launch/landing last week due to deteriorating weather conditions and the deadline for getting the capsule back from space station.

SpaceX capsules can be certified to orbit for maximum 210 days. One of the SpaceX capsules is now nearing 200 days.