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Russian Hi-Tech Toilet Turns Urine Into Drinking Water: Is Wine Next?

The new toilet, which leads a double life disguised as looking like any other toilet, is going to be available for the crew on the International Space Station early next year. It will provide the necessary facilities astronauts require in space with one added feature; it filters the urine into drinking water!

 


 

Purchased by NASA from the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (I don’t think they need to worry about another sale for a while to make ends meet) this toilet comes complete with leg restraints and thigh bars. This toilet can compete but wins hands down, with the priciest toilet on the face of the earth, which is located in Hong Kong. Made in 2001, this Chinese flusher resembles something that might have come from the tomb of King Tut! Made of solid 24-carat gold and coated with gems, this particular toilet is not for public use but is solely a tourist attraction. Even the fixtures are made of solid gold!


Since water supplies are problematic to deliver in space, the fact that this new toilet is designed to filter urine into drinkable water is a primary advantage. Astronauts in the past have been known to use edible toothpaste and no-rinse shampoo in order to save on the water supply.

This innovative Russian filtering system processes urine into drinking water by removing non-water molecules, including organic urine waste, through a variety of filtering layers.

Wow, but that’s still a lot of money is all I can say.

How about you?

M Dee Dubroff
Fashion and Technology Blogger
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Nov 21, 2008
by John P. Barker
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Wine

I like wine... and I have to say that I've had wine that HAS to have been made through this process.

Cool article!

Nov 21, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
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wine

No kidding!

Wow!

Thanks so much for your comment.

 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Nov 21, 2008
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
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 I saw story on the news

 I saw story on the news about this recently. I have to admit the thought disturbs me a bit, but see how it would be very beneficial to those in space!

Beth Hodgson
Innovative Business Writer

Nov 22, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
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Hi tech toilet

Hi Beth,

I agree with you. The thought is a bit gross.

Thanks so much for your comment. 

 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Dec 2, 2008
by Anonymous

Hi Dubroff, Water is a

Hi Dubroff,

Water is a precious commodity in present scenario. In most of the countries people are facing huge scarcity of water even for drinking, forget about washing, bathing and other uses. This innovation is really a landmark and it will very useful for the countries having water shortage.

Thanking you

Pawan Singh

Dec 2, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
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Water

Hi Pawan

You raise an interesting point.

For most of us, water is something we take for granted.

Thanks for your comment.

 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations