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The most expensive toilet in the world purchased by NASA


A NASA spoke woman said that paying 19 million U.S. dollars for a Russian-built international space station toilet system is a bargain compared to building one from scratch. The toilet system, similar to the one already in use in the station’s Zvezda Service Module, is scheduled to arrive at the space station in 2008 and will offer more privacy for a crew expected to double from three to six by 2009. Another plus is astronauts are familiar with how it works because it’s similar to one already in place at the space station. The space station toilet will be installed on the American side, and the current toilet system on the Russian side will remain in place.


The space station toilet physically resembles those used on Earth, except it has leg restraints and thigh bars to keep astronauts and cosmonauts from floating away. Fans suck waste into the commode. Crew members also have individual urine funnels which are attached to hoses, and the urine is automatically transferred to a U.S. device that can generate potable water.
Via – Fareastgizmos




Comments

  1. Steve S. says:

    This is truly amazing… There are times when I need leg restraints and thigh bars to keep myself from floating away when on the toilet.

  2. hs says:

    Just hope the fan does not malfunction and fan in the opposite direction.

  3. Nc says:

    LOL.. like there is no better use for that money!

  4. Parafonos says:

    oooo Shit

  5. Vodzurk says:

    Man, that sucks.
    (Geddit? :P)

  6. vindog says:

    Must be bloated shipping charges; that’s where the REAL money is!

  7. mike says:

    for 19 mil, I’d sh*t myself the whole time I was in space.

  8. James says:

    um 19 million,.for that one could be built better.
    suction and restrainst – I get it.
    Oh,. is this to “cover up” the spending costs,. hmnn,?

  9. YURI says:

    They will reuse the urine as drinking water?? Yummy!

  10. Phil says:

    So, what happens when the shit hits the fan?

  11. zash says:

    i hope the fan wont chop some ones dick

  12. CJS says:

    Its actually very complex and is tested thoroughly. Lots of human hours spent.

  13. hgfhg says:

    yeah it really sucks the shit right out of you… i didnt have to go for a month after that

  14. Kevin says:

    Unless you want floating waste products, this 19 million dollar toilet is required