Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tastes Like Tang

I feel bad for the astronaut who first discovered it wasn't working. Yuck!

From Reuters:
NASA halts test of space station urine recycler

NASA called off tests of the International Space Station's urine recycler on Sunday after problems developed and revamped plans for Monday's spacewalk to fix an improperly installed cargo platform attachment.

...Engineers also were trying to figure out why a water purification system that recycles urine and condensate into drinking water was not working properly. The Discovery crew delivered a new distiller for the centrifuge-type device that was successfully tested without liquids on Saturday.

Problems developed during the first test run Sunday using urine.

"Once you closed valve 3 it didn't seem to flow," station commander Mike Fincke radioed to ground controllers. "I have no idea why that could be, so good luck with the trouble-shooting and we're standing by to answer any questions or be of any use."

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