International Space Station Astronauts Drink Recycled Urine

May 22, 2009 / No Comments

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have created history of sorts by turning their urine into water and actually drinking it!

astronauts International Space Station Astronauts Drink Recycled Urine

On May 20, astronauts aboard the space station drank water that had been recycled from their urine, sweat and water that condenses from exhaled air. What is more, they said “cheers” as they clicked drinking bags and toasted those working on the ground at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) who themselves were sipping their own version of recycled drinking water.

“The taste is great,” said Michael Barrat. And, as Russian astronaut Gennady Padalka tried to catch little bubbles of the clear water floating before him, Barratt told him that the taste is “worth chasing.”

The water in the International Space Station came with labels that said “drink this when real water is over 200 miles away.” NASA officials said that recycling urine on the International Space Station was crucial as the station would be expanded from three people living on board to six people.

The recycling system was brought to the space station in November 2008 by the space shuttle Endeavour, but the system could not be used till samples were taken back to the Earth and tested, and a stuck valve was fixed about a week ago.

[via Space]