Friday, May 22, 2009

Here's To Brotherhood In Space.

Think of an Astronaut. The picture in your head is someone super-fit, super-intelligent, and super-adventurous. All true. But now there’s something that wasn’t in the original job description: on missions, astronauts now drink recycled urine. Doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, does it? But there’s that element to most jobs. Think of what a surgeon, day care assistant, a dentist or a plumber has to deal with every day. In short, there’s no job that only has a glamorous side. That’s why it’s called a job and they pay you. If it were all fun and games you’d be paying them. Anyone for a trip to the moon?


If someone can build a space ship then I’ve no doubt a super duper purifier is small change. I’d have hoped that the Astronauts have individual recycling kits but no. It’s a water recycling device that will process the crew’s urine for communal consumption. Bonds don’t get any stronger than this. And the Astronauts need that. It must be lonely out there.


Listen to one of the engineers, ‘other than a faint taste of iodine, it is just as refreshing as any other kind of water’.


Health 24 has the full story.


And in other matters Urine

consumption.

19 Comments:

Rich Kid said...

IT CAN HAPPEN
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sm01/~3/oMTZDDYDdXE/plunging-youself-into-loan.html

Eunuch said...

Ciku,
And with the current mission having one gal among HYENAS, I shudder to imagine the emotional atmosphere and competitio up there. No wonder one USwas stacked and wife killed by a stacker.

Ever heard of OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS? They don't necessarily come in form of injuries I guess. No free lunch.

ruthleen said...

just dropping by to check your blog update.

ruthleen said...

just dropping by to check your blog update.

Cee said...

Shiko the stuff you find online. I was thinking of taking part in a Trip to Mars soon but on reading this I guess I will pass, wacha I go to Greenland....

Screamer said...

Was it on this blog that I read about an energy drink that was supposedly made from cow urine was to be launched in India? What happened to it? I would certainly use it!

I would probably eat anything. I see it as adventurous!

Cloudvillian said...

Awesome find!

Mama said...

Seriously what are this people lacking? Drinking other people's urine, surely! Others have diseases and what not, is it really necessary for people to be going to Mars? Scientists are weird people!

Tamaku said...

Ciku,

I suppose they can mask the taste by adding orange squash...yummy!

BP 1 said...

What a waste of time and resources… ati NASA wastewater recycling gear costs $250 million( ksh 19.5 billion). Si they just drink it as it is: fresh as they pee.
After all some doctors believe ones own urine is a perfect medicine. Listen to what Martha Christy says when it comes to urine thereby( using urine for treatment.) from the article; Your Own Perfect Medicine.
"For almost the entire course of the 20th century, unknown to the public, doctors and medical researchers have been proving in both laboratory and clinical testing that our own urine is an enormous source of vital nutrients, vitamins, hormones, enzymes and critical antibodies that cannot be duplicated or derived from any other source. They use urine for healing cancer, heart disease, allergies, auto-immune diseases, diabetes, asthma, infertility, infections, wounds and on and on -- yet we're taught that urine is a toxic waste product. This discrepancy between the medical truth and the public information regarding urine is ludicrous and, as the news releases you've just read demonstrate, can mean the difference between life and death to you and to your loved ones." See link http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/urine.htm

savvy said...

I've heard of people drinking their own urine for medicinal purposes...NASA scientists too?

Maua said...

Scietists, Researchers, Nerds, Fools.

neema divine said...

eeeew...

Shiko-Msa said...

Rich Kid thanks for the tips.

Eunuch so true about occupational hazards.

Thanks Ruthleen. will be at yours soonest.

Cee imagine this was sent to me by Health 24. I've subscribed for daily health tips but look what they sent this time! Lol.

Screamer yes it was here. I've no idea how far the bovine beverage has come but I don't think it has hit our shores yet. I too am an adventurous feeder but.... but but....

Mama for $250M,I'm sure the said urine has been purified to the last pathogen. These are mega engineers who make stuff like space ships. As I said a purifier must surely be small change.

Cloudvillian welcome.

Lol Tamaku. Squashes and whatnots will only make the end product more difficult to purify.

BP that is one expensive piece of equipment! I've heard some good stories about urine but it would have to be crystallized into tablets before I can go anywhere near it.

Yes Savvy. NASA too apparently.

Maua, all that they are and then add too much time and money which they seem to have. What are they doing up there anyway?

Miss Divinity I hear you.

Shiko-Msa said...

Rich Kid thanks for the tips.

Eunuch so true about occupational hazards.

Thanks Ruthleen. will be at yours soonest.

Cee imagine this was sent to me by Health 24. I've subscribed for daily health tips but look what they sent this time! Lol.

Screamer yes it was here. I've no idea how far the bovine beverage has come but I don't think it has hit our shores yet. I too am an adventurous feeder but.... but but....

Mama for $250M,I'm sure the said urine has been purified to the last pathogen. These are mega engineers who make stuff like space ships. As I said a purifier must surely be small change.

Cloudvillian welcome.

Lol Tamaku. Squashes and whatnots will only make the end product more difficult to purify.

BP that is one expensive piece of equipment! I've heard some good stories about urine but it would have to be crystallized into tablets before I can go anywhere near it.

Yes Savvy. NASA too apparently.

Maua, all that they are and then add too much time and money which they seem to have. What are they doing up there anyway?

Miss Divinity I hear you.

Peter (GreenKenya) Njenga said...

Shiko,
Reading all the above comments, I still fail to see what the big debate is all about.
Seems like people will always have something to say about anything and everything...

Recycling happens all the time... my former college drains all its sewage water (after sewage treatment) into the same river it draws water from for the entire campus. And that water contains every form of waste, not just urine.

I hope no one on this comment thread is blonde enough to imagine these NASA guys are drinking urine - far from it. That water has been carefully purified and sanitized.

Shiko-Msa said...

Peter no. None of the commentors are blonde let alone blonde enough. Sometimes around here we just have some light hearted banter and a good laugh even at serious issues. Ease up bro. It's only life.

savvy said...

Peter, you are not serious that glorious dam of ours is filled with recycled sewage, I thought it was rain water, or some underground stream or something!

kachwanya said...

Nasa drinking urine lol..it is amazing how the body human beings works. I mean we take in clean food, clean water but see what come out of the body!

Peter, when they say they are drinking urine i guess they mean that, otherwise these are scientist who know that purification is done, and after that it can't be called urine..pure water that is the new name. But you are right that recycling is done all the time