For release: 10/08/04
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NASA working to improve and recycle "space water" for astronauts' long stays in space
Water takes up a lot of room on board spacecraft. It is one of the most crucial provisions astronauts need to live and work in space..
Until the Space Shuttle returns to flight, the Russian Progress Module is transporting water to the International Space Station. The Station crew is carefully conserving water.
NASA is developing clean water recycling systems to provide adequate "space water" supplies for extended durations to make sure astronauts have clean drinking and bathing water for their missions.
The solution calls for recycling and treating waste water, sweat, urine and condensation.
NASA is looking at solutions for biological treatments of waste water for longer duration flights.
All of the systems will be tested together to meet NASA's exploration timeline.
Talk to an expert about the clean water projects and their role in the Vision for Space Exploration.
Project Manager, Regenerative Environmental
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Marshall Space Flight Center
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