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The Sciences

NASA to Employees: We Need Urine, and Lots of it

DiscoblogBy Andrew MosemanJuly 16, 2008 7:44 PM


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Ask not what your country can do for you; ask how often you need to go to the bathroom for your country. The creator of NASA's new Orion space capsule, a company called Hamilton Sundstrand, needs to test out its design for an improved waste disposal system. And to do so, they're asking NASA employees to collect and donate their urine. "Urine is a mess because urine is full of solids," NASA's John Lewis told the Associated Press, so designers need the real thing in order to properly test their equipment. They need plenty of it, too—eight gallons a day, even on Saturday and Sunday. No word yet whether NASA scientists will come in on the weekend to contribute to the cause, or just drink more water during the week in order to meet the voluminous quota. Image: iStockphoto

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