KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) -- When does a toilet cost 19 (m) million dollars? When it's being used in space.
NASA has agreed to pay 19 (m) million for a Russian-built toilet system for the international space station. NASA says it would cost even more to build its own system, plus astronauts already use a similar one at the space station.
The space station toilet physically resembles those used on Earth, except it has leg restraints and thigh bars to keep astronauts and cosmonauts in place. Fans suck waste into the commode.
Crew members also have individual urine funnels which are attached to hoses, and the urine is deposited into a waste water tank. The new system will be able to transfer urine to a device that can produce drinking water.