04 Nov 9-year-old Malaysian boy has invented a toilet for Astronauts to use in Space
Pooping in space with astronauts has always been a long-standing problem. But thanks to the ingenuity of a nine-year – old Malaysian child, they can soon enjoy a hands-free loo.
In the junior division, Zyson Kang Zy Sun is the winner of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lunar Loo Challenge 2020.
Kang’s ‘Spacesuit Lunar Bathroom’ can be mounted in the space suit of an astronaut, according to New Straits Times, which operates in space around microgravity by producing a vacuum to soak up liquids. In order to create a suction force to syphon out the human waste from the discharge points to a tube, all astronauts need to move their legs and press on a syringe attached to their boots.
The invention of Kang beat out 897 participants from 85 nations. 43-year-old Chong Soo Sheong, who has been coaching Kang at Shah Alam’s I Discovery World Science Center, said the winning concept of the young inventor was no fluke. Zyson has an innovation knack. He is an avid reader with an incredibly curious mind. He is simply excited by science , particularly astronomy, “said Chong.”
Chong said that in June, Kang embarked on the project before sending his concept to the NASA team in August for evaluation. “NASA invited him to show his idea at a webinar on 29 October. The simplicity of his model inspired the NASA team.” “The toilet does not need batteries or power. As you move your legs, the urine in the astronaut’s boots can spill down into a container.” – Adapted from Says