Saturday February 25, 2017

Somebody won NASA's spacesuit toilet contest

Dr. Thatcher Cardon's winning NASA's Space Poop Challenge design.

Dr. Thatcher Cardon's winning NASA's Space Poop Challenge design. (Dr. Thatcher Cardon)

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When Air Force flight surgeon and family physician Dr. Thatcher Cardon saw the NASA Poop Challenge come up in his Facebook feed, he wondered if he could make what NASA was looking for.  

Space suit toilet

A close-up view of the winning design. (Dr. Thatcher Cardon)

"I like to tinker with stuff. I spent a few minutes thinking about it. I thought I think I can do this." The idea came together pretty quickly for him one night after he lay down, closed his eyes and focused on the problem. 

A couple of months later and ta-da! Dr. Cardon won the grand prize of $15,000. 

This system he devised is a proof of concept. Dr. Cardon hasn't actually tested it yet.

Dr. Thatcher Cardon demonstrates his winning NASA's Space Poop Challenge design1:18

Dr. Thatcher Cardon demonstrates his hygiene wand, which was part of his winning NASA's Space Poop Challenge design1:01

 

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