Can you solve NASA's zero gravity space poop problem?
Houston, we have a space poop problem. NASA is offering $30,000 to the genius who can figure out a way to dispose of human bodily substances while astronauts are strapped into their seats in zero gravity and unable to use a restroom.
Currently, crew members wear adult diapers to manage waste during a launch and landing. But to make longer journeys, astronauts need an alternate solution to take care of their bodily functions and can last at least six-days.
Hence, the "Space Poop Challenge" was born. Instead of solely relying on the geniuses at NASA HQ to solve this perplexing issue, they are looking to the public to find a creative solution. After all, they can't have astronauts floating around in space with diaper rash. Ouch!
"Current commercial products that provide urine waste management utilize gravity to route and collect urine away from the body. Some require the use of hands, and most are not meant to be used for 144 hours," the challenge rules say. "No commercial products have been found that provide fecal waste management for a 144-hour period with or without the use of hands."
Here are the other requirements:
- Must work without the crew member using his or her hands, or with limited use of hands.
- Needs to function in a micro or zero gravity scenario.
- The suit must maintain an internal pressure of 4.3 PSID and 100% oxygen levels at all times.
- Function fully while crew member is moving, bending, and/or seated and strapped into a chair.
- Think you can deal with that shitshow? You have until December 20.