NASA's latest mission: Solving the issue of how to poo in space video

NASA's latest mission is one even Captain Kirk himself would tremble at.

The agency is seeking help from the public to find a better solution for enabling astronauts to safely do their business, as they travel into the bowels of space.

The agency has laid down the gauntlet on crowdfunding platform HeroX, to search for a better system to manage waste for six days, "a continuous duration of up to 144 hours".

When you got to go, you got to go, even if you're in space.

When you got to go, you got to go, even if you're in space.

The prize for your efforts will be US$30,000 (NZ$42,000).

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Veteran NASA astronaut Richard Mastracchio says: "As humans push beyond low Earth orbit, travel to the Moon and Mars, we will have many problems to solve – most of them complex technical problems.

"I can tell you that spaceflight is not always glamorous. People need to go to the bathroom, even in a spacecraft."

Currently, astronauts rely on absorbent nappies, when they're caught short on an eight-hour space walk.

But this tried-and-tested method will no longer be suitable when humans venture into the lunar orbit and beyond, according to The Washington Post.

"In space," the agency reminds us, "there are no toilets."

"While you may go about your life mostly unaffected by this, it is more of a challenge for our brave astronauts in their space suits.

"After all: When you gotta go, you gotta go. And sometimes you gotta go in a total vacuum."

The closing date for entries is December 20.
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