Of course, the scientific geniuses of this noble country obliged. More than 19,000 undoubtedly brilliant competitors submitted more than 5,000 undoubtedly brilliant ideas to the Space Poop Challenge, all vying for the $15,000 grand prize and the lower tiers offered by the NASA Tournament Lab.
Hugo Shelley came in third for his SWIMSuit -- a zero-gravity underwear made for six-day use. The current NASA diapers only last for a few hours or so. Wearing one for almost a week would surely economize unnecessarily wasted mission hours. The concept -- which looks kinda like UnderArmour compression shorts -- won him $5,000.
Team Space Poop Unification of Doctors (SPUDs) took second place and $10,000, for their Air-powered Spacesuit Waste Disposal System, which uses air to push waste from off the astronaut's body to disposal section of the suit.