On Friday night, while a distracted world read about President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, a $23 million space toilet launched into space.
This toilet, which astronauts and cosmonauts will test on the space station for three years, will eventually be the latrine NASA astronauts use on missions to the moon and beyond. It’s costly because the machine — called the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) — is part of a system that recycles urine into drinking water.
“And when it comes to our urine on ISS, today’s coffee is tomorrow’s coffee!” NASA astronaut Jessica Meir said in a press release about the space toilet. Read more…
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