You're in outer space and need a refreshing, Gatorade-like beverage - what do you do?


by / July 7, 2011
A Forward Osmosis Bag demonstration. Photo Credit: NASA

Answer: Urinate into a baggie.

The Forward Osmosis Bag (FOB) system, according to NASA, "is designed to convert dirty water into a liquid that is safe to drink using a semi-permeable membrane and a concentrated sugar solution. "

Wired reports the bag "makes about a liter of sports drink-like fluid in four to six hours" and does not require external power. The bag will be aboard the final Space Shuttle launch.

Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.

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