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You read that right, NASA wants the public to help design a new toilet design for the Artemis moon lander. So, they are crowdsourcing a “Lunar Toilet Challenge” on HeroX. This design needs to work for seven days on the surface of the moon, as well as during that transit time to and from the moon. In other words, it needs to function in both the microgravity of space and lunar gravity. Read more for two videos about the current toilet being used on the ISS and additional information about the contest.
What is NASA looking for? A next-generation device that is not only smaller and more efficient, but as mentioned before, capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity. This challenge wants to attract innovative new and different approaches to the problem of human waste capture as well as containment. There is a total prize purse of $35,000 that will be shared among the teams submitting the top three designs in the Technical category. More information here.
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The astronauts were adamant that they do not want to go back to the Apollo bags. We need a toilet that needs to work for seven days on the surface of the moon, as well as during that transit time to and from the moon,” said Mike Interbartolo, who’s part of NASA’s lunar-lander engineering team, told Business Insider.