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Potty training: NASA tests new $23M titanium space toilet

Posted On: Oct 1, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's first new space potty in decades - a $23 million titanium toilet better suited for women - is getting a not-so-dry run at the International Space Station before eventually flying to the moon.
It's packed inside a cargo ship set to blast off late Thursday from Wallops Island, Virginia.
Barely 100 pounds and just 28 inches tall, it's roughly half as big as the two Russian-built toilets at the space station. It's more camper-size to fit into the NASA Orion capsules that will carry astronauts to the moon in a few years.
Station residents will test it out for a few months. If the shakedown goes well, the toilet will be open for regular business.
With SpaceX now launching astronauts to the space station and Boeing less than a year from sending up its first crew, more toilets are needed. The new one will be in its own stall alongside the old one on the U.S. side of the outpost.
The old toilets cater more toward men. To better accommodate women, NASA...

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