$19 million space toilet

NASA has agreed to pay $19 million for a Russian-built toilet system for use in the international space station.

According to NASA, it would cost even more to build their own system, plus astronauts already use a similar one at the space station.

The space station toilet physically resembles those used on Earth, except it has leg restraints and thigh bars to keep astronauts and cosmonauts in place.

Fans suck waste into the commode.

Crew members also have individual urine funnels which are attached to hoses, and the urine is deposited into a wastewater tank.

The new system will be able to transfer urine to a device that can produce drinking water.


  1. Talk about more than you need to know. I did see on beyond tomorrow a really good filter thing that could turn any liquid into clean water. (Even, as they said, urine) maybe its the same thing.

  2. If they can make a purifier (water) making water from urine, that would be great! I think our tax dollars should be used for missoins to find life.

  3. Hahaha funny but just saying we should be using the government’s money to stop the recession not spend $19 mil. buying tiolets for space. But I do agree to funding NASA and exploring space.

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