Friday, November 14, 2008

Extra-terrestrial recycling

For a mere $250m NASA has built a water processor for the space station which will recycle astronauts' urine and sweat into drinking water, saving the need for around 7 tonnes of water to be rocketed up there every year. Astronauts who've tried it say it is flat and has no taste (I am not sure why they thought it might be sparkling). It won't be ready to use straightaway: samples must be returned to earth for analysis and clearance first. (Fancy working as a taster there?) The processor will be vital when the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010 as that has been the conduit for all the water on the station, except that which has been brought up by the Russians.

6 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

Avec bulles ou sans bulles?

9:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps they could call it 'Dasani'..

10:02 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Sans, ED
Yes! Anon

12:14 pm  
Blogger kinglear said...

Sounds very like the " still-suits" that people had to wear in Frank Herbert's " Dune". They worked perfectly well.Mind you, it couldn't taste worse than most of the stuff we drink out the taps.

2:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WW - I thought 'Dasani' had died - but outside the UK, it lives on !!!

http://www.dasani.com/index.jsp

How long before Coke start marketing it as 'Space Shuttle Water' ?

10:00 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a horrible thought!

9:39 pm  

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