TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – NASA needs a "Lunar Loo," and it's hoping a new contest will flush out some good ideas.
It already has space toilets but it needs one designed for our return to the moon in 2024. NASA says it's seeking new designs for a toilet that will work both in microgravity and lunar gravity.
"Designing and developing new lunar toilets may not be as exciting or intriguing as developing tools to support the exploration of the lunar surface, but the need is just as important...the process for using proposed toilet designs must be relatively straightforward. Anything that is very time intensive or complicated to use will generally be less attractive to NASA," the website reads.
The challenge has two categories: "technical" and "junior."
The technical challenge requires participants to be at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 18 are encouraged to apply in the junior category where the prizes are public recognition and NASA-themed merchandise.
The winning design will receive $20,000, with $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third.
For complete challenge guidelines, click here.