Nine-year-old boy from Malaysia wins NASA competition for the best toilet for astronauts


The toilet in space has been a longstanding dilemma for astronauts. But thanks to the invention of a nine-year-old boy from Malaysia, they will soon be able to use the toilet without problems. The publication SAYS told more. NASA for the best toilet for astronauts” />

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Zyson Kang Zi Soon is the champion of NASA Lunar Loo Challenge 2020 in the junior category.

Kang's Lunar Spacesuit Toilet can be fitted into an astronaut's spacesuit and operate in microgravity in space, creating a vacuum to suck up liquids.

All astronauts need to do is move their legs and press the syringe attached to their boots to create suction to pump human waste from the release points to the container.

Kang's invention hit 897 participants in 85 countries.

< class="p1">Chong Soo Sheong, 43, who trained Kang at the Discovery World Science Center in Shah Alam, said the young inventor's successful project was no accident.

“Zyson has a talent for invention. He is an avid reader with an extremely curious mind. Science just excites him, especially astronomy,” Chong said.

Chong said Kang started the project in June and presented his model to the NASA team for evaluation in August.

“On October 29, NASA invited him to present his model at a webinar. The NASA team was impressed by the simplicity of his model, – Chong says. – The toilet does not require batteries or power supply. As you move your feet, the urine will drain into the container in the astronaut's boots.”

During a webinar with the NASA team, Kang added that his device could also be used by doctors and nurses.

“Not only can this design be used in space, but it can also be used as a medical toilet,” a nine-year-old boy told one of the panelists, who was struck by Kang's adorable delivery. – Since we are currently in a pandemic, sometimes doctors and nurses need to pee or poop. So they can just do it (with the device) even when they're saving people.”

To clarify, Chong said that Kang's invention could help medical professionals relieve themselves during an emergency, without taking off his personal protective suit (PPE).

Although he is now a successful inventor, Kahn said he dreams of becoming a geneticist in the future.

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