NASA crowdsources new ideas for astronaut space toilets, offers $20G

NASA Wants Your Help Engineering Future Moon Toilets for Prize of $35,000

With the return to the Moon set for 2024, NASA says it needs an updated version of a "Lunar Loo" that will function in both lunar gravity and microgravity. The victor of the Lunar Loo Challenge will be rewarded with $35,000.

"Getting back to the Moon by 2024 is an ambitious goal, and NASA is already working on approaches to miniaturize and streamline the existing toilets", the Challenge page said.

NASA does not want to leave anything to chance and is already working on all the details related to the Artemis Mission.

The US space agency NASA has thrown open a challenge to win over Rs 26 lakh for designing a space toilet for Moon.

As of now, most astronauts use space diapers but the agency is hoping to stumble upon creative ideas that their own engineers and scientists have yet to think of.


On the moon, gravity's pull is about one-sixth the strength of Earth's. Due to being in space, the toilet must weigh under 33 pounds when adjusted for Earth's gravity and have a total volume under.12 cubic meters. The toilet will have to operate in the microgravity of space and the moon, according to the design guidelines posted by NASA and HeroX.

Astronauts on the Artemis lunar landers will have to go sometimes.

The company issued its contact on HeroX, a system exactly where organizations can use crowdsourcing to discover "innovative solutions" to sophisticated difficulties. Get thinking, people, and submit your ideas right here.

However, there are some specific requirements that need to be met. Things like size, power consumption, mass, and accommodations for both male and female astronauts are taken into account.

The worldwide space station (ISS) features a large, industrial-looking Russian-made toilet that uses suction technology to overcome the challenge of pooing and peeing in microgravity. The deadline for sending the designs is August 17, and they will name the winners in October. However, anyone who's experienced a nasty bout of vomiting knows that a toilet is the better option. Also, those under 18 can also participate with their proposals in the Junior category, and the best three will receive public recognition and official merchandise from NASA. A victor will undoubtedly be announced at the end of September.

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