After a stay of 200 days in space, four astronauts wearing diapers from the International Space Station are readying to disembark from the floating laboratory Monday afternoon.

NASA’s Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur and Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut AkihikoHoshide will be launching out of the gigantic orbiting laboratory around 2:05 PM ET. They are expected to splashdown on the Florida coast at 10.33 ET.

Although the initial launch was scheduled for Sunday afternoon due to high winds, the Crew-2 team returned one day later.

SpaceXDue to an inept toilet design, the capsule does not have a restroom. All four crew members will be using diapers to get back to Earth. 

The new mission reduces the distance from Earth station to Earth by twelve hours. Instead of 20 hours, it takes eight hours. –  due to the path from the ship to Earth, so the team will not have to sport the protective undergarments as long as previously expected.

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NASA's Shane Kimbrough (2nd left) and Megan McArthur (2nd right), along with the European Space Agency's (ESA) Thomas Pesquet (right) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide (left) are all wearing diapers for their return trip

NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency (ESA), (right), and Akihiko Hishide of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA), astronaut, are all dressed in diapers to return home.

Crew-2 will leave the ISS in less than 48 hours. Crew-3 will take off from Kennedy Space Center Cape Canaveral Florida on November 10. 

NASA refers to Crew-2’s return to Earth as an “indirect” handover.

Crew-3 will arrive before Crew-2, which is preferable by the American space agency. This allows for overlap at the station.

On October 31, a direct handover was expected, but bad weather and an issue with one of the Crew-3 astronauts lead to delays.

The initial launch was set for Sunday afternoon, but high winds pushed the return back a day. The capsule (pictured) is without a bathroom, due to a faulty toilet design, and all four crew members are wearing diapers on the return-trip

High winds forced the launch back one day from its original schedule. Due to the faulty toilet design of the capsule, all four crew members will be using diapers for their return trip.

Astronaut Megan McArthur shared a post in her twitter account ahead of the crew's return to Earth. They have spent 200 days on the International Space Station since launching to the ship in April

Megan McArthur was an Astronaut and shared a tweet on her Twitter account in anticipation of crew’s return home to Earth. The crew has spent more than 200 days at the International Space Station, since April when the ship was launched.

September saw the Inspiration4 mission’s toilet malfunction. The capsule had a leaky toilet and urine was leaking underneath it.

Engineers, however, did not notice the trouble until the crew – Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor, Haley Arceneaux and Christopher Sembroski – returned from their three-day journey around the Earth.

Problem was caused by a tube that became unplugged. This same tube also appeared on Endeavour’s Crew-2 flight to the ISS in late April.

Crew investigated the return capsule as it docked with the ISS. They used video cameras to look under the panels and provide data to NASA/SpaceX to determine if the toilet looked anything like the Inspiration4 mission.

During the investigation, pools of urine were found.

At a October 29 press conference, Steve Stich (NASA’s Commercial Crew Program Manager) stated that the agency would not be using the system for its return leg. This was based on what they had seen in the fluids.

The string of delays also pushed the Crew-3 mission until Wednesday, which will see NASDA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, along with ESA's Matthias Maurer fly aboard the Dragon spacecraft to begin a six-month stay in orbit on the ISS

A string of delays delayed the Crew-3 mission to Wednesday. In this Mission, NASDA astronauts Raja Chari (Tom Marshburn), Kayla Barron (Kayla Barron) and Matthias Maurer (ESA) will fly onboard Dragon spacecraft for a six-month orbital stay at the ISS.

Pictured is a map showing the location of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Here is a Google Map showing where NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is located in Cape Canaveral.

Astronauts use undergarments, such as diapers, to relieve their bladders while in spacesuits for launch, landings and return trips.

The Crew-2 return capsule is scheduled to do a fly-around maneuver after undocking.

They will be circling in the Dragon capsule around the station while photographing the ISS. This has happened since its deployment. 

Due to delays, the Crew-3 mission was delayed until Wednesday. NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and Matthias Maurer from the ESA will fly onboard the Dragon spacecraft, launching a six month stay at the ISS.


The March 2 test, the first launch of U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil in eight years, will inform the system design and operations (Artist's impression)

The system’s design and operation will be informed by the March 2 launch, which was the first U.S.-based astronaut flight in eight years. (Artist’s impression).

The capsule is approximately 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide. It can carry 7 astronauts. 

Crew Dragon’s advanced escape mechanism (which was already tested in January) allows astronauts to be quickly transported to safety. They experience about the exact same G-forces that a Disneyland ride. 

It also has an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) that provides a comfortable and safe environment for crew members. 

Crew Dragon displays will show real-time information regarding the current state of Crew Dragon’s abilities. They include everything from Dragon’s positioning in space, possible destinations and the surrounding environment.  

CRS-2 Dragon missions use “propulsive” landings. The capsule will land on a landing pad and its SuperDraco thrusters instead of splashing in the ocean. 

NASA will be able to access the cargo faster from those spacecraft. NASA also has experience with propulsive landings in crewed Dragons.