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Solid human waste is compressed, stored and loaded onto the next shuttle or Progress supply craft. The Progress and its contents burn up during re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere. Shuttles return the waste to Earth. Urine is processed to become usable as water for drinking and washing.

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