A backed up toilet is causing concern on the international space station with reports that turds have escaped the cistern and are now floating freely throughout the entire laboratory.
"We've had some footage of the breakdown beamed back to us" said NASA spokesman Ken Lenahan "and yes there are quite a few poos along with lumps of toilet paper floating around the space station but we've formulated a plan to solve this crisis" Lenahan said before remarking the problem was indeed unique.
"We generally have contingency plans for all emergencies but when we received a message saying visibility was poor due to "used toilet paper floating in our faces" we were left scratching our heads"
The plan says Lenahan is to arm the three Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut with "space nets" and have them manoeuvre through the station catching the poo and then depositing it in one of the spare helmets.
"Luckily we keep a couple of extra helmets on board just in case one breaks or one of the astronauts accidentally leaves his at home on launch day" he said
NASA says that those above aboard the space station have remained relatively calm disregarding reports of shenanigans between the three Russians and one American.
"There was an attempt by the Russians to play a practical joke on the American where they stuffed a load of turds inside his locker" Lenahan said "but unfortunately our man got a little upset when a photo of his mother was inadvertently covered with poo but that's all water under the bridge now"
A spare pump has been rushed to NASA and will leave on Saturday's departing space shuttle along with a carton of disinfectant some new mops and a replacement photo frame.