Without getting too graphic - if one thinks about it, the process of going to the bathroom in space is a tricky proposition. It's something we tend not to dwell on because - well, you know.
However, someone needs to worry about it, and so NASA has issued a "Space Poop Challenge" - and a $30,000 bounty for a good idea that can *ahem* get to the bottom of things and tame this stinker of a problem once and for all.
The “old standby solution,” NASA explains on the initiative’s website, relies on diapers for the astronauts. “However, the diaper is only a very temporary solution, and doesn’t provide a healthy/protective option longer than one day.”
NASA is looking for a system within the space suit that collects the fecal, urine and menstrual waste and “routes it away from the body, without the use of hands.”So they can boldly go, in other words...