Mystery Explained: Glow in Night Sky Was Astronaut Urine

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PostWed Sep 16, 2009 11:41 pm » by -Marduk-


Mystery Explained: Glow In Night Sky Was Astronaut Urine


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The beautiful trail in the sky looked like a mysterious celestial event. In reality, it was urine. Some skygazers were treated to the unexpected view of a bright sparkling glow Wednesday night, created when astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery dumped the waste out into space. The water dump was a scheduled task for STS-128 pilot Kevin Ford, who poured out urine and waste water stored aboard the shuttle in preparation for a landing attempt Thursday.

Weather thwarted that try, but astronauts plan another landing attempt Friday at 5:48 p.m. EDT 2148 GMT in Florida, though rain and high winds are expected again. The light show Wednesday was aided by an unusually large amount of water being dumped all at once – about 150 pounds 68 kg, said NASA spokeswoman Kylie Clem. Discovery had just undocked from the International Space Station the day before, and had not been able to unload waste water during the 10-day visit.

“It would have been a large quantity because we don’t do water dumps while docked to the station now,” Clem told SPACE.com in an e-mail. “That is a fairly new restriction over the last couple of flights in order to prevent potential contamination of the Kibo module. “The Kibo module is a new Japanese-built research lab on the space station that includes an external platform to expose science experiments to the space environment. Water dumps from a docked shuttle could potentially pollute the experiments.

In general, though, spotting space water dumps from Earth is common, Clem said.Waste water usually freezes upon jettison into a cloud of tiny ice droplets. Then when the sun hits, the ice sublimates directly into water vapor and disperses in space. A number of people in North America apparently spotted Wednesday’s dump, and some sent pictures to the Web site SpaceWeather.com.



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PostWed Sep 16, 2009 11:49 pm » by Thewatcher


Puts a whole new meaning to ''getting piss*d off'' or maybe they were just ''taking the p*ss''. But really i would not be happy if a pile of p*ss landed on my head.. :o
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PostWed Sep 16, 2009 11:52 pm » by sawltydawg


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thats why they come to earth...its the last rest stop for the next 40,000 parsecs
didnt you read the sign
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PostWed Sep 16, 2009 11:52 pm » by Muchtyman


This entire Thread is nothing but a Piece of Piss !

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PostWed Sep 16, 2009 11:55 pm » by Thewatcher


Is this a p*ss take!!
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PostThu Sep 17, 2009 12:10 am » by -Marduk-


telocvovim wrote:imagine all the people sending their wishes up to da almighty watching a glow o' good ol' piss!

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PostThu Aug 28, 2014 9:22 pm » by Toxic32


The really are taking the piss...They don't dump water, sweat or urine they recycle it again and again...So this mystery glow in the sky was not urine...SWTFWI..

http://www.universetoday.com/101775/an-inside-look-at-the-waterurine-recycling-system-on-the-space-station/
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