How To Go To The Bathroom In Space – NASA To Pay $30,000 For a Better Solution
So how are you with problem solving? Are you the type that thinks outside of the box? If so we found a project that not only allows you the freedom of thinking but will also put some money in your pocket!
$30,000 in fact. That’s a nice payday for only having to use your thinker (easier said than done).
I know, you’re chomping at the bits to find out what it is so, here you go.
NASA needs your help with a bathroom solution for their astronauts. A zero-gravity environment makes going to the restroom extremely difficult so they’re offering $30,000 to anybody with a solution.
Diapers are used currently but are only good for few hours. When launching, or landing a crew member could be subject to wearing their space suit for up to 10 hours at a time. If something catastrophic were to occur, they could be forced to wear the suit up to 6 days. Diapers are only a temporary solution to a very serious problem. That type of exposure for that period of time could cause serious health issues.
The goal is to create a system that would route human waste away from the body and store it for up to 144 hours, hands free.
The NASA website States:
“In space, no one can hear you flush, this is because in space, there are no toilets. While you may go about your life mostly unaffected by this, it is more of a challenge for our brave astronauts in their space suits. After all: when you gotta go, you gotta go. And sometimes you gotta go in a total vacuum.”
“The system has to operate in the conditions of space – where solids, fluids, and gases float around in microgravity (what most of us think of as “zero gravity”) and don’t necessarily mix or act the way they would on earth.”
When you take the time to think it through, you can understand the dilemma NASA’s facing.
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So, there you have it. It’s time to get your thinking caps on, you could be a part of history. The solution is expected to be a part of the Orion spacecraft which will take NASA astronauts to Mars. That’s pretty cool!
*The submission deadline for the Space Poop Challenge is Dec. 20, and winners will be announced in late January.*
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