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Tanks aboard the International Space Station are filling up fast with urine, according to reports, as efforts to repair the orbital outpost's troublesome piss-recycling plant over the weekend failed. The current boss of the space station, US airforce colonel Michael Fincke, showed he wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty as he …


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  1. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge
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    And this is the style Lewis writes in before lunch???

    I cant wait for this afternoon's golden wordfest

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Taking the piss

    Multibillion dollar project and the news media is focused on the piss.

    hmm, the human angle eh?

  3. Mike

    I once invented a kettle-jug urine recycling device...

    ....but it was a piss pour idea.

  4. Anonymous John

    "The buggy machine had triggered a fire alarm when first started up "

    No it didn't. The processor sounded a caution alarm when it shut down.

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    You /do/ realise that once its been processed, its just water - right?

    Or are you going all homeopathic on us, you know, one molecule of ureic acid per gallon makes it still urine? If so, steer clear of that beer and bottled water mate, its got one molecule of cow dung per gallon.

  6. Elrond Hubbard
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    The Golden Barrel

    >>"That's a third of a tank right there," said the weary space-station commander, no doubt smacking his lips at the prospect of a chilled beverage after his hard graft with the golden barrel.

    I just laughed my face off

  7. Anomalous Cowherd Silver badge

    I have the solution!

    As the atmospheric extractor is working, why don't they just piss into the air? It's zero gravity, it's not like it will form a puddle or anything.

    (That's right, you better pray I never get my own space station).

  8. bluesxman

    we shouldn't...

    ... take the piss out of water recycling processes

  9. Erix

    2 piss-related reports in 3 days?

    Well, I guess it's hard to blame anyone for taking the piss out that machinery...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    The Russians, as usual, came up with a simpler and more cost effective solution than NASA.

    Just stick it into your mouth and "recycle". Apparently, there are other benefits too.

    What's Putin knocking on my door for?

    Paris - of course.

  11. blackworx

    The golden barrel


  12. Anonymous Coward

    a poem ...

    Little miss Heide sat on the shuttle throwing her tools away.

    Along came a spider which sat down beside her.

    And frightened miss Heide away.

  13. Dr. Mouse Silver badge

    @Anomalous Cowherd

    "As the atmospheric extractor is working, why don't they just piss into the air? It's zero gravity, it's not like it will form a puddle or anything."

    Hmm, globs of piss floating around... Makes going to the bogs in a nightclub with a blockage seem like heaven, at least only your shoes and shoe laces get soaked in urine there, imagine...

    On second thoughts don't.

  14. T-Bo


    Share and Enjoy ...

  15. Anonymous Coward
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    Who is the tester

    So each time it's fixed, who get the job of testing that it's working?

  16. DZ-Jay

    Re: I have the solution!

    Brilliant! You should apply for an engineering job at NASA.



  17. Captain DaFt


    So, isn't this the first time a project went tits up for NOT taking the piss?

    OK, I'm going, it's the one with "Chronic Smartasss" printed on the back)

  18. Dr O'Pfickse-Dwydth

    Glad to see that

    it's phuq'd Stella's claim to be "reassuringly expensive" - the cost of this "brew" is out of this world.

    The one with the plexar dome please - I'll go fetch a tool-bag.

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