NASA is preparing to launch its state-of-the-art Toilet System – Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) into the International Space Station. The new toilet system will be launched into space on September 29 at the Virginia launch pad with a space shuttle carrying spacecraft.
The launch of the toilet will also test whether such a system could be used in future projects to the moon and Mars. The Universal Waste Management System is small and convenient, designed to be used by more astronauts.
The toilet facility can also be used for private space travel projects. The construction cost of this toilet is $ 23 million (approximately Rs. 170 crores). The new toilet is 65 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the current system.
NASA astronaut Jessica Meyer says the system is designed to recycle all liquids, including astronauts’ sweat and urine. NASA is preparing to send another UWMS into space for the Artemis II lunar mission, which includes ten astronauts.