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Nasa Urine Recycler is Good to Go. Unfortunately.

by Lambert Varias
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“Houston, we have a problem.”

Eagle this is Houston, what’s poppin? Over?

“Yeah, so.. I float over to where the cooler’s supposed to be, but in it’s place there’s this…I’m looking at this machine labeled “Urine Recycler”. Over.”

Don’t tell me it’s broken again! Dammit Timmy, I thought I told you to fix the Urine Recycler on the Endeavour!

“Houston, Houston: I don’t think it’s broken.”

What? So what’s the problem?

“The concept is the problem Houston. I have a problem with the whole freaking concept behind this machine.”

Eagle we spent $154 million on the Urine Recycler —

“And I spent half of my life training to do what? Drink my own — Jeebus Houston! How much does Gatorade cost nowadays?! How much for tap water?! What is this, Jackass? Am I being Punk’d or something?”

Eagle it’s not always urine; it also recycles moisture and sweat–

“I’m crashing the ISS on your ass in 3-2-1 you sadists.”

[via Scientific American]

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Comments (3):

  1. manchicken says:

    That’s interesting. I think some WoW players might be interested in such an invention as well… you know they really hate distractions.

  2. Sarreq Teryx says:

    I’ve seen this thing about 10 years ago on Beyond Tomorrow (or Beyond 2000, whichever it was called at the time), the output is 100% pure water and totally drinkable.

    conceptually though, yes it is a turn off, but it’s lighter than carrying enough water for a multi-week to multi-year space mission, now isn’t it?

    and also, it would be good for arid regions, or on mars or the moon. so conceptually icky or not, it is a good thing.

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