Especially if you know anything about going to the toilet without gravity.
NASA is preparing to return to the Moon with the program Artemis landed the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. The plan is to use innovative technologies to explore more than ever the lunar surface.
The astronauts Artemis will use the space systems, the most advanced of the 21st century – but they need your help to design new toilets.
NASA has launched the Lunar Loo Challenge, the research of new design concepts for toilet compact that can operate in both microgravity and in moon gravity. If your design is chosen, you could win 35000 US$, in total value of the prize, including the public recognition of NASA and HeroX.
Like everyone else, astronauts need to eat, drink and go to the toilet.
“Our astronauts are performing incredible feats of science and space exploration. But at the end of the day, they are still human. We need to provide the same necessities that here on Earth so that they can continue to do their job, ” said Mike Interbartolo, director of the Lunar Loo Challenge.
There are two divisions, the technical prize and the junior prize.
The technical prize is open to any person aged 18 years and over participating individually or in a team. The Junior Challenge is open to anyone under the age of 18 years participating individually or in a team.
Back on the Moon by 2024 is an ambitious goal, and NASA is already working on approaches to improve the toilet space existing.
“The global community of innovators provides information and expertise that are valuable that we have may not be in-house,” said Steve Rader, deputy director of the NASA Tournament Lab. “Challenges like this allow us to exploit the creative thinking and find solutions to unknown or undeveloped.”
Submissions will be evaluated according to the capacity proposed, and the technical maturity, security and innovation overall.