Posts Tagged ‘manned space flight’

Space Toilet: A Giant Flush for Womankind

October 5, 2020

Space Toilet: A Giant Flush for Womankind

Friday night, while you were watching Donald Trump’s helicopter touch down at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, an Antares rocket lifted off from Wallops Island carrying a $23 million titanium toilet to the International Space Station. The new low-gravity space potty, known as the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS), sports a smaller footprint and improved efficiency, and is equally adapted to the needs of male and female astronauts. As NASA astronauts say, “you go, girl!”


“Finally, a Space Toilet for Ladies,” Amanda Arnold, The Cut

“NASA’s new $30M space toilet is smaller, better smelling and more female-friendly,” CBC Radio

“State-of-the-art space toilet successfully launched into space,” Mark Kaufman, Mashable

“Antares rocket launches new astronaut toilet and more to space station for NASA,” Chelsea Gohd,


Image by Mike Licht. Flush Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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NASA Wants Better Astronaut Diapers

January 19, 2017

NASA Wants Better Astronaut Diapers

NASA scientists are good at … well rocket science, but t here’s one problem that has them stumped: how to handle space suit poop. The agency issued the Space Poop Challenge late last year, and is currently judging the entries. The winner will get $30,000.


Chinese Space Gal Returns!

July 3, 2012

Chinese Space Gal Returns

China’s space vessel Shenzhou 9 returned to Earth last Friday after a successful 13-day mission which included a rendezvous with the orbiting Tiangong 1 (“Heavenly Palace 1”) space lab module. The crew of three included China’s first woman “taikonaut,” Major Liu Yang (sorry fellas, she’s married). Major Liu is a seasoned fighter pilot in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.


Plumbing the Mysteries of Space

July 16, 2011

Plumbing the Mysteries of Space

To boldly go where no man has gone before …. Manned space flight presents a unique set of challenges. When you go to into space, sooner or later you have to … well, go. The International Space Station has presented a unique challenge to waste-removal engineers: the zero-gravity toilet.