- Tram Ho
A 9-year-old Malaysian boy beat nearly 900 other global competitors to win first place in NASA’s competition to design a space toilet.
This Lunar Loo Challenge contest requires participants to design bathrooms for astronauts to operate on the moon, in preparation for the agency’s next Moon mission in 2024.
Zyson Kang Zy Shun, the winner of a NASA award.
” Even though the toilets in space have been around for a long time and are now in use (for example on the ISS International Space Station) they are designed for microscopic microgravity only .” The agency said on its website.
NASA’s Human Landing System Program (NASA) is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and can work in both microgravity and gravity. moon force . ”
Zyson Kang Zy Shun’s young boy Zyson Kang Zy Shun’s “Spacesuit Lunar Toilet”, impressed the contest organizers and gave him first place in the Junior category, with 897 entries from children of 85 countries sent to.
Zyson’s design can fit into astronauts’ suits, operate without electricity and batteries, and only need mechanical kinetic energy for convenience and stability.
Zyson next to his design.
” It works by applying the concept of manual mechanical kinetic energy to create a vacuum that crystallizes urine and feces for safe disposal, ” says Zyson . When you move your feet, the urine flows. The design does not require any electronic components, thus minimizing the possibility of damage in space . ”
This 9-year-old boy presented his invention to the NASA team on October 28 through a webinar call.
Chong Soo Sheong, from the I-Discovery World science center in Kualar Lumpur, his mentor for Zyson is also delighted with this achievement. ” The boy has been thinking about his design continuously for months. There is a lot to learn regarding the process. There are lots of trial and error, as well as the accumulated experience of overcoming the challenge. But I am glad that his continuous study and perseverance have helped him stand on the top podium of an international award. ”
Refer to SCMP
Source : Genk