Slainte -- Let The Pee-Drinking Begin!
Today NASA made history again, breaking down barriers: For the first time (that we know of), astronauts drank their own urine in space.
The piss was said to be "purified" and "recycled" and all that, but the bottom line is the bottom line: They might as well sign up for this website. (Note: About as not, not, NOT Safe For Work as humanly possible. Unless you work at NASA.)
NASA gave the International Space Station astronauts the go today to drink water from the finally fixed "Water Recovery System," and the debauchery began.
"Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Mike Barratt and Koichi Wakata celebrated the decision with a toast in the Destiny laboratory," NASA reported.
"This has been the stuff of science fiction," Barratt said, but we were thinking it was some other kind of fiction. (Note: Same warning applies. As does the same exception.)
Recycling urine into drinking water is, of course, an important step for long-range space missions. Storing water takes up a lot of weight and space, two things that are precious when it comes to launching rockets.
"Everybody's talked about recycling water in a closed loop system, but nobody's ever done it
before. Here we are today with the first round of recycled water," Barratt said. "We're really happy for this day and for the team that put this together. This is the kind of technology that will get us to the moon and further."
Hey, who are we to judge?
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