The American aerospace agency NASA intends to install on board the ISS and conduct tests of a new titanium toilet, which is planned to replace the currently used Russian-developed model. The Independent writes that the cost of the new device is $ 23 million.
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It is also noteworthy that the new toilet, if it turns out to be effective, is planned to be used in the future during the organization of missions to the Moon and Mars. The publication of the publication also reports that the prototype has a weight of about 43 kilograms, that is, its dimensions and weight turned out to be approximately two times less than that of the Russian samples used at the moment. The equipment itself was designed taking into account the possibility of its installation in Orion capsules, which NASA plans to use for new lunar missions in the foreseeable future. In addition, the new space toilet is likely to be used in the event of sending expeditions to Mars.
As the American astronauts explained earlier, the members of the ISS crew have to use a special vacuum system, which by the principle of its operation is somewhat reminiscent of a vacuum cleaner. “You turn on a powerful fan that draws everything into the toilet bowl,” astronaut Shannon Walker said at one time, commenting on the peculiarities of a trip out of necessity in outer space.