Who’da thunk that merely less than a decade ago R. Kelly was mistakenly deemed a pervert, when all along he’s been a goddamn scientific visionary from day one. Emblazoning a path toward a future far beyond the reach of flying cars and ray guns, I think its safe to say Mr. Kelly most definitely has a future with NASA in training astronauts, because from now on they’ll be drinking a shitload of piss.
Apparently when times are tough priorities must be restructured by spending $250 million on a device to recycle waste water because the Arrowhead guy doesn’t make outer space deliveries.
“We can’t be delivering water all the time for six crew,” said space station flight director Ron Spencer. “Recycling is a must.”
NASA expects to process about six gallons (23 litres) of water per day with the new device. The goal is to recover about 92 per cent of the water from the crew’s urine and moisture in the air.
The wastewater is processed using an extensive series of purification techniques, including distillation â€“ which is somewhat tricky in microgravity â€“ filtration, oxidation, and ionization.
The final step is the addition of iodine to control microbial growth, Mr Bagdigian said.
The device is intended to process a full day’s worth of wastewater in less than 24 hours.
“Today’s drinking water was yesterday’s waste,” Mr Bagdigian added.
I bet its got electrolytes, you know, what plants crave.
Then again, at this point I’d rather flee the planet and drink my own piss anyway.