SPACE

Houston, We Need A Potty

Nov 16, 2016 at 6:18 PM ET

NASA wants astronauts to poop in their spacesuits, and they’re asking for your ideas on how to do it. Today’s astronauts wear diapers when nature calls at an inconvenient time, like during a spacewalk. But these diapers are only good for a few hours. NASA’s Space Poop Challenge is taking submissions for a new fecal, urine, and menstrual “management system.” The competition will award $30,000 for the best system that routes and collects human waste for fully suited astronauts.  NASA says in an unexpected emergency, astronauts could spend up to 144 hours in their spacesuit. Even astronauts can’t hold it for that long.