Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2007 Science

NASA Buys Russian Hi-tech Toilet That Turns Urine Into Drinking Water


NASA specialists buy Russian space toilet for $ 19 million that can even turn urine into drinking water.

The new toilet is going to be available for the crew on the International Space Station. The toilet that looks just like a common toilet will be introduced in 2008 and will provide the necessary facilities astronauts require in space. This is important for the crew that will be expanded to six members in 2009.

Currently, there are three members of the space crew and one toilet. Although the cost of the exclusive toilet, manufactured by RSC Energia, in Korolev, Russia, is quite high, the development of such toilets will be much expensive.

The new toilet is designed to filter urine into drinkable water. Since water supplies are problematic to deliver in space, many astronauts have to deal without a lot of fresh water. For example, they use edible toothpaste and no-rinse shampoo to save water. Even with the 450 litres of water delivered every few months, the space crew requires much more for such a long period they spend in space.

The filtering system that was introduced into space toilets processes urine into drinking water removing non-water molecules, including organic urine waste, through a variety of filtering layers. Filtered mass is then separated from the water and brought back to Earth. Specialists claim the new system is very effective and tried to provide astronauts with water.

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//5 Apr 06, 2010 03:13 PM | posted by: Boris the bulet doddge
wow RUSSIANS are good .. 19 million for pee in your mouth ..LOVE it

Sneaky RUSSIANS ..
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//4 Nov 10, 2009 10:27 PM | posted by: Jaci Fischer
59 votes

//3 Sep 04, 2008 01:58 PM | posted by: Marian
How does urine taste when you drink it............?
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//2 May 28, 2008 05:08 AM | posted by: Sam Tang
I like it!!!! Wish I had a toilet like that
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//1 Jan 14, 2008 07:01 PM | posted by: carlesha
i think its cool to have a space toilet i also think they need to bring back edible toothpaste it would be much help when cleaning the bathrrom

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