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NASA halts test of space station urine recycler
Reuters ^ | March 22, 2009 | Irene Klotz

Posted on 03/23/2009 1:07:45 PM PDT by South Hawthorne

HOUSTON, March 22 (Reuters) - 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.

Monday's spacewalk is the last of three planned during shuttle Discovery's mission at the space station, which is nearly completed after more than a decade of construction.

The primary goal of Discovery's flight was to deliver and install the station's last set of solar panel wings, which was accomplished on Thursday. The shuttle blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on March 15 for a 13-day mission.

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: nasa; pee; recycling; spacewalk; urine
Happy to report my own recycling device... er, plan, is going along great.
1 posted on 03/23/2009 1:07:46 PM PDT by South Hawthorne
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Ping to your urine list.


2 posted on 03/23/2009 1:08:58 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Worked for Kevin Costner in “Waterworld”!


3 posted on 03/23/2009 1:09:07 PM PDT by albie
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To: Owl_Eagle

They’ll send up Tim Geithner, his plan will work so much better.


4 posted on 03/23/2009 1:09:41 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
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To: Owl_Eagle

The White House press gang is pretty good at recycling urine, give them a shot.


5 posted on 03/23/2009 1:09:54 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Obama Fatigue sufferer)
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To: Owl_Eagle

“Pi$$ off” they said?


6 posted on 03/23/2009 1:11:56 PM PDT by GulfBreeze
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To: Owl_Eagle

Pity the astronaut who first detected the thing wasn’t working properly.....


7 posted on 03/23/2009 1:12:01 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: albie

And for the Fremen in Dune.


8 posted on 03/23/2009 1:14:16 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Owl_Eagle; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim; dighton
NASA called off tests of the International Space Station's urine recycler on Sunday after problems developed

Guess what?

Urine trouble!

9 posted on 03/23/2009 1:14:45 PM PDT by Constitution Day ('Cause this is nothing like we'd ever dreamt / Tell Sir Thomas More we've got another failed attempt)
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To: Owl_Eagle
The test is continuing:


10 posted on 03/23/2009 1:14:46 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: Owl_Eagle

11 posted on 03/23/2009 1:15:41 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Owl_Eagle; Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Ping to your urine list.

JRBC has a urine list?

12 posted on 03/23/2009 1:17:11 PM PDT by Allegra ( Never argue with an idiot. They bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Just add... urine?

13 posted on 03/23/2009 1:18:41 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Constitution Day; Owl_Eagle; Tijeras_Slim; dighton

Not just anyone can ride the Space Station.

It’s a restricted urea.


14 posted on 03/23/2009 1:19:37 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Maybe Rimmer couldn’t work it.


15 posted on 03/23/2009 1:23:52 PM PDT by steve8714 (Drill for oil, drill for gas, drill to heat water in the Earth.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

I would rather drink gin and tonics, and I don’t like gin. Okay...the tonic...but I don’t like tonic either.

Oh well.

It certainly won’t be recycled pee though.


16 posted on 03/23/2009 1:26:35 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: evets
It does have a little wang to it.
17 posted on 03/23/2009 1:31:56 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Owl_Eagle

My understanding is there was a minor glitch on Sunday, but that the unit has been working fine since then. But negative news always leads...


18 posted on 03/23/2009 1:33:03 PM PDT by PC99
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To: Owl_Eagle

B.S….I mean…P.S.

Why the heck are we sending all these folks up into space at my tax expense?

Have they discovered anything new in all these years?

(The answer is “no” of course. They can’t even make pee drinkable.)


19 posted on 03/23/2009 1:33:07 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Do like I do...go outside....uhhhh..eerr, I guess not.


20 posted on 03/23/2009 1:39:57 PM PDT by freebird5850 (O-Bomba is not the Messia. Jesus was a carpenter and could build a cabinet!)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Hmmm, sounds like they decided to stop mid-stream


21 posted on 03/23/2009 1:40:12 PM PDT by justsaynomore
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Did you bother to check for any discoveries or did you just assume?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15806746

Complete list of 170 discoveries and 23 reviews made possible by ISS.

Just because you don't hear about it in the mainstream media doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
22 posted on 03/23/2009 1:48:36 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: Owl_Eagle

If only we would recycle urine back to beer!


23 posted on 03/23/2009 1:59:14 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: KevinDavis

News from the planet Urinus.


24 posted on 03/23/2009 2:17:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Owl_Eagle
NASA called off tests of the International Space Station's urine recycler on Sunday after problems developed

Looks like a job for...are you ready for this...The Whizz Kids!

25 posted on 03/23/2009 3:12:06 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: messierhunter

Thank you.

“ISS maximizes today’s scientific resources and substantially increases the opportunity to obtain much longed-for answers on the effects of microgravity and long-term exposure to space.”

My personal comment is “I don’t care.” I rather our money be spent on finding cancer cures and other cures for horrible diseases here on earth.

I don’t care about “microgravity and long-term exposure to space.”

What is the percent of the population that is going to fly out into space?

Just about zero.

I’m not against space travel, but when it comes down to trying to learn turning pee into water is more than I can take and rings a bell that this whole thing is no longer about learning. It has become an expensive habit using our tax money.


26 posted on 03/23/2009 3:30:12 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
My personal comment is “I don’t care.” I rather our money be spent on finding cancer cures and other cures for horrible diseases here on earth.
I don’t care about “microgravity and long-term exposure to space.”
What is the percent of the population that is going to fly out into space?
Just about zero.
I’m not against space travel


It's painfully obvious you are against space travel, personal assurances notwithstanding. Meanwhile, the space station has produced plenty of helpful discoveries and research that you can't be bothered to investigate.

Osteoperosis is a pretty horrible disease that can affect non-space travelers, but you're wishing that less research was done for them.

Robotic arms developed for the station have found use in equipment for emergency response to chemical, biological, or radiological disasters.

Zipnuts made for the station's construction sped up maintenance time in a high radiation area and reduced worker radiation during a nuclear outage at a Savannah River nuclear site.

Waste water purification techniques developed for the space station are being used in landfills to extract water from waste.

360 degree cameras developed for remote docking to the space station are being used for non-invasive surgical proceedures as well as by automobile and hotel companies.
Head mounted vision enhancements systems developed for the space station have been applied to help people with poor vision to read, shop, and watch TV.

Your response is, "I don't care," but other people do.
27 posted on 03/24/2009 2:56:58 PM PDT by messierhunter
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