Including astronauts, who have since the early space era found ways to do their business in near-zero gravity — from the Apollo missions when waste management was, in NASA’s words, “a plastic bag which was taped to the buttocks to capture feces,” to the more advanced toilets of the International Space Station that use fan-driven suction systems.
Now the US space agency is calling on the world’s inventors to develop a toilet that works not just in microgravity, but also lunar gravity on a future lunar lander spacecraft, as part of its plans to return to the Moon by 2024 under the Artemis mission.
The winning design will receive $20,000 (roughly Rs. 15.10 lakh), with $10,000 (roughly Rs. 7.55 lakh) for second place and $5,000 (roughly Rs. 3.77 lakh) for third. Children under the age of 18 are also encouraged to apply in a “junior” category where the