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New Heights For Water Recycling

Koichi Wakata (left), space station commander Gennady Padalka (center), and Michael Barratt (right) take ceremonial sips of recycled urine in a key milestone for the lab complex. (Photo courtesy of NASA TV)

NASA has technology light years ahead of what's available to the rest of us. Advanced water recycling is one of them. For years, astronauts have collected and recycled sweat and even water vapor. Shawn Allee looks at NASA's latest water recycling technology and whether anything like it is already on Planet Earth:

Information on the program from NASA

An article on the psychology behind recycled water

A related story from The Environment Report

Producer: Shawn Allee
Release Date: July 13, 2009
Running Time: 3:32

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