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Astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) celebrated a significant technology milestone yesterday, as the station's buggy quarter-billion-dollar urine recycler was finally declared fully operational. Jubilant, thirsty space explorers quaffed refreshing draughts of "yesterday's coffee" and cracked …
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"A full complement of 72 rats would equal about one human in terms of water reclamation,"
But what about actual usage? My school biology is a little rusty, (too much exposure to water?) but does the human body not actually _use_ water for something or other? I know that most of it comes out as sweat and piss, but surely not all, so 'wee' need to know that ratio.
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Ditch the mediaeval superstition and stuff, will you?
Every molecule of hydrogen oxide on this planet has been through someone, or something, several times already. In a smaller environment, where there are fewer molecules of hydrogen oxide to go around, what else are you supposed to do?
Given that you can't (probably) train a rat bouncing around in microgravity to use a miniature space-pisser, I suppose there must just be some way of extracting the moisture which appears in the murine environment (hopefully separated from the human environment). A worse possibility is my vision of six dozen pinioned and catheterized rodents doing their bit for recycling and the advancement of science, while wishing for a nice homely sewer somewhere.