London, July 17 : This may sound bizarre, but NASA has called for donations of urine so it can create the perfect space lavatory, and now that the news has been leaked, it has resulted in a flood of offers from potential donors.
The US space programme has admitted that they are seeking urine from workers at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, for their work on the new Orion space capsule.
From what has been written in an internal memo posted on the Web site Nasawatch.com, the Orion will be taking astronauts to the moon.
John Lewis, Nasa's head of life support systems for Orion said that the designers of the space capsule, that will stay in space for six months while astronauts work on the moon, will have to churn out a smart solution to get rid of stored urine.
And in order to design, build and test the systems, NASA requires at least 8 gallons of urine every day, i.e. the total amount of urine of 30 people in a day.
"Urine is a mess because urine is full of solids," The Telegraph quoted Lewis, as saying.
He further said that those solids block the venting system for dumping urine that implied keeping the waste disposal system clear "really a challenge."
Lewis said that NASA has a long-standing tradition of collecting samples from its workers to help design better space toilets as "you can't make fake urine."
One can see detailed instructions for participants in the memo seeking daily contributions from July 21 to July 31.
While the memo was not meant for public consumption, it was asking donors not to drink too much to encourage urination, warning that "you are not encouraged to over-hydrate as this could dilute the urine we collect".
"Unlike in the doctor's office, you do not need to worry about starting collection midstream. Our testing will be much more accurate if you collect as much of the entire urination as possible including the beginning," stated the memo.
Also, the memo has mentioned that the urine should be fresh, no more than an hour old.
"We suggest that morning urine be collected at home, but not night-time urine," stated the memo. (ANI)
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