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For release: 10/08/04
Satellite release #: 04-267

Attention: Early Morning Producer
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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.


Who: Bob Bagdigian
Project Manager, Regenerative Environmental
Control & Life Support Systems
Marshall Space Flight Center
Satellite coordinates: AMC-6, Transponder 9C,
72 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, Audio: 6.8 MHz

Satellite Interview Information:
Jack Robertson (256) 544-1517 OR
Camille Sevier (256) 544-2188

Story Information:
Steve Roy, Media Relations
(256) 544-0034

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