Friday, November 14, 2008

Urine orbit

Ground control to Major Tom: Don't drink the water.

NASA will soon be installing a new device on the International Space Station that should put a fun spin on drinking clean water in space. This handy machine will process the astronauts' urine into drinking water. I guess Bear Grylls is now in charge of mission control over there - seriously, I've never seen one man drink so much of his own urine with so much gusto.

NASA, though, seems to think this is a great idea.

"We did blind taste tests of the water," said NASA's Bob Bagdigian, the system's lead engineer. "Nobody had any strong objections. Other than a faint taste of iodine, it is just as refreshing as any other kind of water."

"I've got some in my fridge," he added. "It tastes fine to me."

So if you ever get invited over to Bob Bagdigan's house for dinner, for god sakes bring you own water. Who know's what else he's got in his fridge. Oh, and don't confuse him with Bob Balaban, he's cool and only drinks Dasani.

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