Trying to articulate water issues, provide discussion fodder, seek other ideas, broaden and educate a bit, and, and... well, solve the world's water problems.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Water Water Everywhere
Far above our heads, there are currently astronauts working away in attempt to repair the International Space System's cooling station . Currently the space station in operating on only one cooling system which would leave the astronauts vulnerable to being left without a working system should the current cooling unit fail. After a seemingly successful mission on Saturday, astronaut Rick Mastracchio discovered something interesting in his spacesuit, water had gathered in his suit's sublimator which is a device that's designed to dissipate excess heat. Usually the suits have water based systems in them that remove moisture, and cool the astronauts. But it is unusual for the water to accumulate. The spacewalk on Saturday consisted of a 5 hour and 28 minute mission removing a faulty coolant pump module, this mission will continue tomorrow December 24th and no further issues are expected to arise. This unfortunately is not the first time that water has been a problem is space. In July an astronaut's suit malfunctioned causing him to nearly drown inside his suit. NASA officials have declared that the two problems are not related and they believe the suits to now have a "clean bill of health" although they have added makeshift snorkels and absorbent pads to the suits as a precaution. Water water everywhere, even up there.