Shuttle to carry precious cargo

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

After being rushed in from Russia, a toilet pump was loaded into the space shuttle Discovery on Thursday in time for today’s scheduled liftoff to the International Space Station, where the lone commode is acting up.

For the last week, the two Russian and one American men have had to periodically manually flush the urine side of the malfunctioning Russian-built toilet.

Discovery is scheduled to blast off on a 14-day mission.