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Enlarge ImageHere’s a look at a prototype of the new Universal Waste Management System with urine storage tanks.
In space, no one can hear you flush. But that doesn’t mean the International Space Station doesn’t deserve a toilet worthy of an astronaut’s pee break. The International Space Station is getting a new toilet this year. NASA’s Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) is an upgrade from the current space lavatory technology that will help facilitate mixed-gender crews and 8105337.com will be easier to use.The toilet currently on the US side of the space station was designed in the 1990s. This means the outdated toilet has a few problems including being “sensitive to crew alignment on the seat and can result in inadvertent fouling of the collection hardware with fecal material,” according to a detailed review from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.The older toilet has also been criticized for having unsuccessful “capture and ease of use for simultaneous urination and defecation for mixed gender crews.”
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