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(KXLY Spokane)   NASA is offering $35K if you can help put the loo on Luna   (kxly.com) divider line
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2020-06-27 7:17:02 AM  
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Where's my money?
 
2020-06-27 7:38:36 AM  
I can do it for half that.

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/we have the technology
//better, faster, cheaper
 
2020-06-27 8:03:36 AM  
What a shiatty challenge.
 
2020-06-27 8:43:54 AM  
Do you retain the patent on it?  With space tourism probably a thing of the future, a low gravity toilet will need to be a thing.  Yes: May as well let NASA work out the bugs on the proof of concept.  No: $35k is insultingly low.
 
2020-06-27 8:51:26 AM  
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not amused
 
2020-06-27 9:37:26 AM  
Where's Wolowitz when you need him?

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2020-06-27 10:26:42 AM  
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP!

/the answer for everything
 
2020-06-27 10:30:46 AM  
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2020-06-27 10:42:11 AM  
I don't see why they think it's a problem. Heinlein covered it 50-60 years ago. Gravity works on the moon. You sell drinking water at a premium, recycle the poo water as fertilizer to the agronomists, and charge people for the air.
 
2020-06-27 10:47:48 AM  

wildcardjack: I don't see why they think it's a problem. Heinlein covered it 50-60 years ago. Gravity works on the moon. You sell drinking water at a premium, recycle the poo water as fertilizer to the agronomists, and charge people for the air.


They also want it to work on the lander/zero-g. That complicates things a bit.
 
2020-06-27 10:50:08 AM  

wildcardjack: I don't see why they think it's a problem. Heinlein covered it 50-60 years ago. Gravity works on the moon. You sell drinking water at a premium, recycle the poo water as fertilizer to the agronomists, and charge people for the air.


While the Moon may not be the problem, NASA won't cough up unless it also works in zero-gee.
 
2020-06-27 10:56:57 AM  

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yeah, you don't want henry up there, that powder will get everywhere
 
2020-06-27 11:07:43 AM  
Seems like a lot of money for a simple tool.

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2020-06-27 11:12:53 AM  

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R2 D1
 
2020-06-27 11:28:20 AM  
Port-a-Potty Rocket Launch!!
Youtube et4UqrkknxQ
 
2020-06-27 11:43:42 AM  
wouldnt a mini centrifuge do the trick?
 
2020-06-27 12:00:06 PM  
So the people on the ISS have been holding it all this time?
 
2020-06-27 12:06:19 PM  

Officer Collins: So the people on the ISS have been holding it all this time?


ISS isn't on the moon.  They are up above, shiatting on all of us though.
 
2020-06-27 12:40:09 PM  
Astronauts must first have their anal region surgically altered, but after that I have a design that only requires that the defecator be isolated naked in space for about two hours.
 
2020-06-27 1:00:03 PM  

lifeslammer: wouldnt a mini centrifuge do the trick?


that's something I think they should build for sleeping as well.  the biggest issue with space travel is the change in gravity to the human body.  if you could have 8 hours of sleep in a 1g environment that would probably help things out quite a bit.
 
2020-06-27 1:12:25 PM  
Isn't there a song about "make water" on the moon, or something like that?
 
2020-06-27 1:26:06 PM  
It's a  fundamental problem, so to speak.

Even more complex that it has to do doudle-dooty in micrograv and lunar grav.


The shuttle shiatter  used vacuum freeze-drying for dealing with solids, if I recall correctly... but it was never really successful, kept having mechanical problems with the "slinger"; the device for turning the solids into a  homogenous slurry.  Maybe something more like a garbage compactor could work? Metal plates squish the solids into a thin layer, then a scraper pushes/forces that into an auger, the auger extrudes the waste into a smaller chamber for flash-freezing in vacuum, or it gets pressure-cooked and then dehydrated... with only 22 watts of power? Man, this is complex.
 
2020-06-27 2:11:41 PM  

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Lem: We need to move this porta-potty 200 yards over that way. Any ideas, Claude?
Claude: Hold my beer!
 
2020-06-27 2:16:56 PM  
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$35,000 please.
 
2020-06-27 2:29:57 PM  
I'm thinking a 5 gallon bucket, duck tape, sponges and clothes pins for the smell.
 
2020-06-27 6:04:48 PM  
So NASA's crowd-sourcing inventions now?  $20k seems pretty cheap for that; especially for something that important.  You're not the only game in town anymore, NASA.
 
2020-06-27 6:13:03 PM  
Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey on the Moon
Youtube DMBEV_n2uGQ
 
2020-06-27 6:26:12 PM  
Man, astronauts must get the absolute worst hemorrhoids.
 
2020-06-27 6:34:45 PM  
Why is it that they ISS still doesn't have a snap on that independently spins?

Surely there must be plenty of uses for a fake gravity, one of which will be a toilet.
 
2020-06-27 6:38:11 PM  

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Um, coloring mat inside what exactly?
 
2020-06-27 6:51:54 PM  

dyhchong: Why is it that they ISS still doesn't have a snap on that independently spins?


Show us your engineering notes, please, with particular detail to joint seals, power and fluid transfer, and inertial and torque effects.
 
2020-06-27 7:00:28 PM  
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2020-06-27 7:11:42 PM  

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I was wondering when she'd show up, but I fully expected her to be complaining about having to put up with more shiat.
 
2020-06-27 7:13:05 PM  

Larva Lump: dyhchong: Why is it that they ISS still doesn't have a snap on that independently spins?

Show us your engineering notes, please, with particular detail to joint seals, power and fluid transfer, and inertial and torque effects.


Nah, that's not my job.
 
2020-06-27 7:17:22 PM  

JTtheCajun: They also want it to work on the lander/zero-g. That complicates things a bit.


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2020-06-27 7:25:36 PM  

dyhchong: Nah, that's not my job.


Sorry, Senator.
 
2020-06-27 7:29:10 PM  

Larva Lump: dyhchong: Nah, that's not my job.

Sorry, Senator.


I don't actually know what that means, but you seem to be implying that NASA doesn't employ engineers to fix space problems, they just wait for randoms on FARK to solve them in the comments.

I guess that explains why they've fallen behind for so long.

Thanks for that clarification.
 
2020-06-27 11:52:06 PM  
Feed a diet high in iron or some un-digestable form of iron, then the bowl can be and electro magnet, power on, poo pulled to bowl, close lid, power off and flush (heck flush could be suck out toliet atmosphere with lid closed since pressure outside on moon less than inside).

Also, eat the moon, cheese constipates, no poop until Earth.
 
2020-06-27 11:57:47 PM  
Of course humans will want to shiat all over whatever planet the assholes get their hands on.
 
2020-06-28 12:18:54 AM  
Let's think of something so they have something to go on here.
 
2020-06-28 12:44:25 AM  
They want the whole thing to be quieter than a bathroom fan *and* be odourless?  There has to be a suction mechanism for the zero G part, and I would imagine some internal fans and creative venting through charcoal filters (at least) for that to work. All of those options require motors. All of which make noise. I don't think all of their goals are achievable simultaneously.

/do your business in a garbage bag and toss it out the airlock, problem solved.
//moon poo bags are the moon people's problems
 
2020-06-28 12:58:10 AM  

Mabman: /do your business in a garbage bag and toss it out the airlock, problem solved.


This would certainly take being hit by space debris to the next level.
 
2020-06-28 2:12:51 AM  
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2020-06-28 9:32:31 AM  
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2020-06-28 3:02:21 PM  

TheMaskedArmadillo: Where's Wolowitz when you need him?

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Wasn't his design defeated by the "Russian diet"?
 
2020-06-28 6:00:36 PM  
Whatever they come up with will involve suction, so it will be complete fetish-fuel down here on Terra.
 
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