Zyson Kang makes M’sia proud by winning NASA’s Lunar Loo Challenge

KUALALUMPUR (The Star/ANN) — Young Malaysian inventor Zyson Kang Zy Shun, nine, has made the country proud by bagging first place in NASA’s prestigious Lunar Loo Challenge Junior Category, beating out almost 900 participants from across the globe. 

Impressing a panel of judges from NASA, the pupil from SJK (C) Pin Hwa 1, Setia Alam, Klang, stood out among 897 participants from 85 countries, winning the international competition with his “Spacesuit Lunar Toilet“. 

Zyson’s invention, which can fit snugly into an astronaut’s spacesuit, does not need electricity or batteries, only requiring mechanical kinetic power. 

The “Spacesuit Lunar Toilet” design concept, said the pupil, revolved around convenience. 

Young Malaysian inventor Zyson Kang Zy Shun, nine, has made the country proud by bagging first place in NASA’s prestigious Lunar Loo Challenge Junior Category, beating out almost 900 participants from across the globe. (Courtesy of

“It works by applying a manual mechanical kinetic concept to produce a vacuum suction power to crystalize the urine and fecal matter for safe disposal,” he explained.

“When you move your legs, the urine will flow down into a container in the astronaut’s boots.

“The design does not require any electrical components, hence, minimizing the potential of a malfunction in space, ” Zyson told The Star.

Invited to present his design with the NASA team on Oct. 28 via a webinar, Zyson wowed the judges with his simple yet effective idea for “number two’s” in space.