Space toilets happen to be used in places such as the International Space Station.
The goal of the challenge, which actually follows the previous "Space Poop Challenge" of 2016, is to think about future of space missions ensuring as soon as possible the availability of tools like this, apparently trivial but important for every astronaut.
Since the lander will take astronauts from lunar orbit to the Moon, its restroom has to be pretty versatile: it will need to work in orbit, where the astronauts will be weightless, and also when astronauts are experiencing one-sixth of Earth's gravity on the lunar surface.More news: Week of John Lewis memorials begins with service in Alabama
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) needs to put the loo in lunar.
"Additionally, toilet designs must be able to accommodate sick crew members dealing with vomiting and diarrhoea".
Nasa's Artemis-3 mission, which has a launch target of 2024, aims to land a man and a woman at the lunar south pole. So, it's offering $35,000 in prize money for clever inventors who are up to the task.
The company issued its contact on HeroX, a system exactly where organizations can use crowdsourcing to discover "innovative solutions" to sophisticated difficulties. But they also want ideas from people that will approach the problem with a mindset different from traditional aerospace engineering. But, there are a few needs that have to be met for this new design.More news: Alberta to provide COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon
Although space toilets are already in use, they are designed for microgravity only. The contest guidelines note that emesis (throw up) bags will be the primary option for doing so.
To enter the competition, you must submit your application through the HeroX Innovation Network, which is administering the contest on behalf of NASA, before August 17.
Who knows when or where might even come up with some brilliant idea - maybe even on an actual toilet?
For young creatives, NASA is hosting a separate competition category that's open to anyone under 18 years old. Winners of the main Technical category will be announced on September 30, while Junior winners will be released on October 20.More news: Tropical Storm Hanna expected to hit southern Texas coast as a hurricane