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The International Space Station is getting a new toilet this year


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Later this year, if all goes well, the International Space Station will receive a very important delivery: a new and improved toilet system.

It has a fancier name, of course; officially, the commode is NASA's Universal Waste Management System (UWMS). The system is designed to bridge the gap between current lavatorial space technology and what humans will need to make extended visits to, say, Mars, in comfort. But there's nothing like a plumbing problem to make any trip seem much longer than it is, so before engineers take UWMS that far from the comforts of home, they want to test it in orbit.

The launch is targeted for no earlier than the fall, a NASA spokesperson confirmed to Space.com, although the agency is still determining what spacecraft will carry the new plumbing up.

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https://www.space.com/new-toilet-coming-for-international-space-station-astronauts.html

 

 

 

 

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SkyMan

Seems like the plastic bags would have to have some porosity to allow the suction to work.  I wonder if those bags are some special material that allows air to flow through but stops the poop.  Could be a mess if you get the squirts though.

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1 hour ago, SkyMan said:

I wonder if those bags are some special material

It all burns up on re-entry!

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