How to spend a penny in space! Toilets on ISS or shuttles cost up to £14million and have system of pipes and vacuum tubes that blast out your business… to be burned up in Earth’s atmosphere
- NASA shelled out £14million for a Russian designed space toilet back in 2007
- The toilet uses super-special vaccume cleaners to blast waste into void of space
- NASA this year designed a new $22million toilet which will be sent to the moon
If you are wondering how to spend a penny in space, well the answer is to spend £14million.
That’s because space toilets cost a pretty penny. One space toilet on the ISS cost NASA $19million.
Why was it so expensive? Well, space toilets are like super-special vacuum cleaners.
They need a complex series of pipes and vacuum tubes to suck up waste and dry it out.
If you are wondering how to spend a penny in space, well the answer is to spend £14million. That’s because space toilets cost a pretty penny. One space toilet on the ISS cost NASA $19million.
The extracted water is recycled, and the waste is stored.
Eventually, it is sent back into Earth’s atmosphere, where it burns up like shooting stars.
In 2007, NASA has agreed to pay $19million (£14million) for a Russian-built toilet system for the International Space Station.
The figure may sound astronomical for a toilet in space, but NASA officials said it was cheaper than building their own.
NASA announced it was improving its space toilet system earlier this year, with a new $23million design.
The new design is titanium and is apparently better suited for women.
It is being tested on the International Space Station before eventually going to the moon aboard the NASA Orion capsules.