CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - If all goes well for NASA, astronauts will soon be relieving themselves in one very expensive potty.
NASA has agreed to pay $19 million for a Russian-built toilet system for the international space station. The figure may sound astronomical for a toilet in space, but NASA officials said it was cheaper than building their own.
Astronauts are also familiar with how it works since it's similar to one already in use at the space station. The new system will be able to transfer urine to a device that can produce drinking water.
The new system is scheduled for delivery in 2008.