08 Jul '11, 7pm

Final Space Mission to Recycle Urine Into Water

Final Space Mission to Recycle Urine Into Water

NASA’s final space shuttle mission will experiment with recycling urine into drinkable water using no outside power source. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA’s final space shuttle mission, which launched today, will carry out a most unusual recycling experiment : Can you recycle urine into drinkable water with no power source in space? For several years, astronauts at the International Space Station have been drinking from a machine that converts urine into water, but the machine consumes too much of the lab’s limited energy supply. Astronauts aboard the Atlantis plan to test a recycling kit that doesn’t require a power source, but instead relies on the process of forward osmosis. SEE: 10 Things You Never Knew You Could Recycle The recycling kit consists of a system of baggies: a semi-permeable inner bag containing a sugary solution, nested inside an outer bag. An astro...

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