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.
And Thatcher Cardon took home the grand prize of $15,000 -- for his MACES Perineal Access & Toileting System (M-PATS) -- a system inspired by minimally invasive surgery that "can do some amazing things in very small openings."
Exactly the kind of scientific thinking we need more of. Congrats to all the winners. NASA's going to put all their ideas through testing of course, and later incorporate the best results into its spacesuits. Seriously, poop jokes aside, Kirstyn Johnson, a spacesuit engineer at NASA pointed out in a statement: "The ability to protect the crew while in a pressurized suit for such an emergency situation is one that has never before been tested in space and is critical for crew health." Shit gets real out there.