Thursday, July 23, 2009

Value of the space program

I have mocked the space program. I stand corrected. There is after all some value: we now know how to fix a toilet in outer space: "A pump on the recently installed toilet in the American laboratory, Destiny, broke Sunday, contaminating part of the system. The pump’s function was to inject chemicals that helped separate liquids from solid waste.Col. Gennady I. Padalka, the station commander, and Frank De Winne, a flight engineer, replaced some of the parts, and the toilet was operational on Monday."