Nasa has developed a new space toilet worth $23 million. Made out of titanium, this new-age toilet known as the Universal Waste Management System, would be much smaller, lighter and comfortable to use for astronauts. If things go as per plans, it will be used for future human missions to Moon, Mars and beyond.
Article below is by Mukesh Rawat and has been published in INDIA TODAY website@
New Delhi News SCIENCE Pooping on a $23 million commode: Why Nasa’s new space toilet is so special
October 2, 2020UPDATED: October 3, 2020 00:14 IST
(pic) The Universal Waste Management System, or the new space toilet, developed by Nasa is nearly 65 per cent smaller and 40 per cent lighter than the present space toilet. (Photo: Nasa)
Let’s imagine this. One fine morning you wake up and feel the need to relieve yourself. You open your washroom door, sit on the toilet seat and try to lighten yourself.
To your horror, even though you are trying hard, success remains elusive. Not because you have a stomach ailment but because suddenly you are in zero gravity. For your poop to fall down into your toilet, gravity is vital. It is the force that ensures your poop falls in the right place.
Now, imagine what would happen if instead of falling down, your waste starts floating all around? Remember the zero-gravity scenes from sci-fi films with astronauts floating in spacecraft? Yes, something similar.
Don’t worry. As long as you are on Earth, this won’t happen. But, there are people who travel to outer space. The astronauts.
How do they defecate and where does their toilet waste go? Hang on! Is there even a toilet in the outer space? How does it work without gravity?
For starters, yes, there is a toilet up there and a pretty expensive one at that. In fact, once the new one gets installed successfully in the International Space Station, it will become the most expensive toilet in the known universe (of course, discounting the ones aliens use!..i.e. if there are any).
$23 million only.
This brand new, highly sophisticated, and extremely expensive space toilet was set to leave Earth on Thursday (September 30) but a last-minute glitch forced Nasa to abort the launch. The space toilet was a part of the resupply spacecraft that Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket was supposed to carry.
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