The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has sent a newly designed space toilet to International Space Station (ISS). The new toilet was paced inside a cargo ship that successfully blasted off from the American space agency’ Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft carried nearly 4 tons of gear to the space station. It included hardware, food, space toilet, and other supplies for astronauts staying on the space station. Astronauts will test this toilet for the next few months in the space. Along with crew supplies, NASA sent a number of exciting equipment. The launch was earlier delayed several times due to bad weather and ground support equipment issue.
The space toilet, which weighs around 45 kg or 100 pounds, will be then deployed for astronauts going on the mission to the moon. It was formally known as the Universal Waste Management System. Its height is around 28 inches and is half the size of toilets, built by Russia, already being used at the ISS. The new space toilet is much lighter and around 65 per cent smaller than the current ISS toilets. The new toilet has been designed in a way that it can fit into Orion capsules of NASA. These capsules will travel to the moon in the future.
The microgravity toilets are currently being used on the ISS and they use suction to prevent waste from escaping. This toilet has been designed to better suit female anatomy and captures more waste than before. Melissa McKinley, project manager of Johnson Space Center, said that cleaning a mess at Space Station is a big deal and they don’t want toilets to miss feces. Other important features include increase crew comfort, simpler to use, and urine treatment so that it be used by the spacecraft recycling systems, NASA had said in a previously published report. The toilet currently being used on the US side of the space station was designed way back in the 1990s. The new toilet will remain on the International Space Station until the end of the lifetime of the space station.