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    Plumbers in Space

    Astronaut Plumbers Get to Work on Space Station
    By Tariq Malik
    Senior Editor
    19 November 2008

    A crack team of astronaut plumbers got down to business aboard the International Space Station on Wednesday to hook up a new system that recycles urine into drinking water.

    The new gear is part of a bounty of life support equipment delivered to the space station this week aboard NASA's shuttle Endeavour to prime the orbital research outpost to double its current three-astronaut population next year.

    "We're ready to continue making extreme home improvements

    Reduce, reuse, recycle

    The station's water recovery equipment is part of NASA's attempt at a functional closed loop environmental system in space. If it works as designed, it should cut the need to deliver about 15,000 pounds (6,803 kg) of water to the station per year, mission managers have said.

    It collects astronaut urine, wastewater and sweat condensed from the station's atmosphere and recycles it through a seven-filter process to recover and purify about 93 percent of the initial water. That water can then be used for drinking, food preparation, bathing or oxygen generation via electrolysis. NASA's partner Oxygen Generation System is already aboard the space station.

    Endeavour mission specialist Don Pettit, who lived aboard the station for 5 1/2 months on a previous flight, has called the water recycling system a souped-up coffeemaker because it [B]"takes today's coffee and turns it into tomorrow's coffee."[/B]

    [URL="http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/081119-sts126-water-recycling.html"]http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/081119-sts126-water-recycling.html[/URL]


    Ah, no thanks Captain Kirk, I'll pass on the coffee this morning.:D
    Last edited by chicadeel; 11-20-2008 at 08:58 AM.

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    How about the one from Mn. who lost 100,000 worth of tools because she forgot they would float away in space! DAH!

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    That was pretty bad. They were lucky that bag drifted away and didn't cause any damage.



    With all the NASA related innovations that we apply to our everyday life now and the potential for further discoveries, do you think it would be wise for Obama to stop funding the Constellation Program for 5 years to divert money into his educational plan?

    I think, unless the educational system is held accountable for failing grades and kids that are undereducated the shouldn't get an extra dime.

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    [QUOTE=chicadeel;2871907]That was pretty bad. They were lucky that bag drifted away and didn't cause any damage.[/QUOTE]

    Yet.

    [IMG]http://www.theglobaleducationproject.org/earth/images/final-images/g--space-debris.gif[/IMG]

    There's a picture of all the sh*t we've left in orbit. Add one more dot to that. We humans seriously screw up and leave crap everywhere we go. We might as well just hang our asses out of the space shuttle and take a dump...:rolleyes:

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    Kevin Costner's mutant-character had one of these things on his boat in Waterworld. I wonder if it's a similar technology.

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    I hope the bag of tools doesn't fall on my car! But then again maybe I could use a new one!

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;2871977]Yet.

    [IMG]http://www.theglobaleducationproject.org/earth/images/final-images/g--space-debris.gif[/IMG]

    There's a picture of all the sh*t we've left in orbit. Add one more dot to that. We humans seriously screw up and leave crap everywhere we go. We might as well just hang our asses out of the space shuttle and take a dump...:rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    I think they do that already. They jettison all the human doody overboard, don't they?

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;2872050]I think they do that already. They jettison all the human doody overboard, don't they?[/QUOTE]

    lol...good point.

    Don't touch that! That one isn't a meteor...

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