NASA is looking for a way not to burn astronauts' clothes

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Underwear, gym clothing and other parts of the astronauts' wardrobe on the ISS are simply disposed of after contamination. They are placed in a vacuum basket, which is launched into space and subsequently burned up in the Earth's atmosphere. Thus, hundreds of kilograms of clothing are annually destroyed, which, according to experts from NASA, is extremely impractical and not economical in the context of a policy of saving resources.

Since when has the United States concerned itself with conserving resources with a tireless printing press?



According to preliminary estimates, one astronaut on the ISS uses about 68 kg of linen a year. At the same time, the cost of sending goods, even on reusable SpaceX rockets, is far from cheap. And this, if we talk about orbital missions. For deep space flights, the option of disposing of clothing is completely unacceptable.

In this regard, the American space agency has already begun to look for a way to solve the above problem. NASA is working with P&G to develop technologies to provide astronauts with clean underwear that can be used for months.

The Cincinnati-based company announced last week that it will ship several samples of special detergents and stain removers to the ISS as early as December this year. The main goal of the mission is to test how the ingredients used react in 6 months of zero gravity.



Then, in May 2022, astronauts will receive similar cleaning pens and wipes to remove stains and sweat. This is a very important point, since it is quite difficult to ensure proper hygiene in space.

Astronauts have to train 2 hours a day to combat the effects of weightlessness (muscle weakness and thinning of the bones). Their sportswear gets dirty quickly, which is extremely unhygienic.

It is worth noting that astronauts are currently using special antimicrobial clothing. However, NASA does not consider this technology promising.

In addition to detergents and sanitary napkins, the United States is working on a space version of the washer and dryer. Its main features will be: minimum consumption of water and detergent, as well as the ability to re-purify water with its further use for drinking and cooking.

By the way, this technology could be useful not only on the Moon and Mars. Space washing machines from could be used in the arid regions of our planet, where the issue of a shortage of drinking water is acute. At least that's what the US itself thinks.
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  1. +6
    July 2 2021
    You can send all B / U for money to Ukrainian cosmonauts. Let them start small, with cowards from under the Americans. There will be a trusel, then cosmonauts. You can of course call it something else.
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    2. -1
      July 2 2021
      When flying mattresses to the moon (allegedly).
      What were the astronauts doing?
      Where did you shit?

      Have you changed your clothes?

      How often?

      Did they leave the shit on the Moon or did they take it with you to Earth?

      50 years have passed and mattresses are thinking about the problem of recycling their waste.

      And we must remember that burning in the atmosphere is the last stage of disposal.
      The waste must be collected first.

      GOOD MEN they are there FSE (in NACE) !!!
      1. +6
        July 2 2021
        Return to the ground, wash, disinfect. And there will be a lot of people who want to buy EXOTIC from auctions.
        1. -9
          July 2 2021
          Quote: knn54
          Return to the ground, wash, disinfect. And there will be a lot of people who want to buy EXOTIC from auctions.

          It's also a good idea .. Especially a coward of the Amers, they always have problems with the toilet ..))
        2. +2
          July 2 2021
          I wonder if the article is a direct reprint or is it misinterpreting the suggestions on the problem?
          in the United States are working on a space version of the washer and dryer. Its main features will be: the minimum consumption of water and detergent, as well as the ability to re-purify water with its further use for drinking and cooking.

          So it turns out, they will WASH with PURE water, and then only use for food and drink ?! And on the contrary, it is impossible, after use, to collect the contaminated one, to clean it and let it go for washing and washing ?!
          1. 0
            July 3 2021
            then only use for food and drink ?! On the contrary, it is impossible, after use, to collect the contaminated one, to clean

            Well, what happens after the control is called urine. But, probably yes, you can clean it to the state of water.
      2. +6
        July 2 2021
        Garbage and waste left on the moon, as well as part of the lander and other parts - lunar rovers and so on
        Here is a list of waste on the moon
        http://www.furfur.me/furfur/culture/culture/162127-space-trash-on-the-moon
        It is very expensive to carry back
      3. -7
        July 2 2021
        All the questions you have asked confirm the version that they DIDN'T FLY anywhere. In addition, they do not have their own engines.
      4. -1
        July 3 2021
        Yes, they did not fly anywhere and did not go to the toilet. On Apollo, there was not enough anti-radiation protection: the astronauts would have died like cockroaches.
    3. +1
      July 2 2021
      sensible and sensible proposal .... Zelya will be delighted
    4. 0
      July 2 2021
      Quote: tralflot1832
      You can send all B / U for money to Ukrainian cosmonauts

      astroukra - grumpy old woman Farion with a leaky, space trough, wash dirty pants BLM
  2. -4
    July 2 2021
    There are no problems in disposal, they just want to master the dough on the alleged development of new technologies under the sauce of environmental friendliness, etc.
    1. +8
      July 2 2021
      There is no problem in recycling, it was thrown out and burned down gradually in the atmosphere. the problem is that bringing new things into orbit costs a lot, as well as delivering cargo into space in general, so they want to reduce these costs.
      1. -6
        July 2 2021
        Quote: Avior
        bringing a new one into orbit costs a lot,

        So don't fucking fly into orbit if there is no dough.
        1. +7
          July 2 2021
          If you don't save it, it never will.
          Therefore, everyone is looking for options to reduce costs in one way or another. This is not only about space, however
      2. 0
        July 2 2021
        Do you seriously think that they will invent something sensible? And so that it weighs little? Of course not. Most likely they will make a space washer on waste water, that's all. But this development will cost several billion dollars.
    2. +4
      July 2 2021
      This is just the key problem, watch the video with a tour of the ISS and everything will immediately become clear. The ISS is like one small room in a hostel littered with junk where several people get along bullyI'm honestly surprised why they still haven't sent a washing machine there! After all, one of the tasks of the ISS is just to work out the technologies for a long stay in space. You can't bring a lot of Trukhanov to the moon, you need to wash it
      1. -12
        July 2 2021
        Quote: spirit
        I'm honestly surprised why they still haven't sent the washer there!

        Seriously?
        Do you think this is the most important task?

        Maybe put a washing machine in the TU-160? wassat

        And of course you need to send a cow to the station - milk will be of its own, and by the new year for its meat.


        There are no problems with disposing of underwear.
        There are no problems with its delivery to the station.

        Food for astronauts is also delivered.
        Personal belongings are also present.

        Don't make an elephant out of a fly.
        1. +3
          July 2 2021
          You will fly to that 160 to the moon and Mars? It's one thing when the earth is close by and another thing when you have 2 years to fly.Ms is just a development of technologies for deep space. When you find yourself on Mars, what would you prefer? will the truck arrive? and if it doesn't? laughing you will sit tinkling while waiting for the shipwassat
      2. -4
        July 2 2021
        Quote: spirit
        You can't bring many Trukhanov to the moon, you need to wash it

        In the navy, especially lazy sailors wash their robe by tying it by a rope and overboard for 2-3 hours. P-himself, you can also tie your underwear and throw it out through the airlock into a vacuum. 5 minutes and the smell was gone. The main thing is to break it when defrosting.
        1. +5
          July 2 2021
          In five minutes nothing will freeze in a vacuum - there is practically no convective heat exchange, only radiant, vacuum like a thermos.
          Again, on which side from the sun, it can heat up
          1. 0
            July 2 2021
            Quote: Avior
            Nothing will freeze in a vacuum in five minutes

            Taking into account the innovativeness of the method, the optimal "washing" time, as well as the temperature regime have to be determined empirically. I would like to wish the P-Soviet astronauts every success in their research.
            1. 0
              July 2 2021
              Judging by the article, they went the other way ...
              hi
              1. 0
                July 2 2021
                Quote: Avior
                Judging by the article, they went the other way ...

                Bourgeois. Give them a washing machine. Everyone is looking for easy ways ...
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  4. -1
    July 2 2021
    Popular wisdom says that only those who are too lazy to itch wash.
    Another wisdom: a bear does not wash all his life, and everyone is afraid of him!
    laughing
    1. -4
      July 2 2021
      You and I are representatives of different nations.
      My people love to take a steam bath in the bathhouse. The Russian people have always lived at the bathhouse. And there was no bath, so he adapted the Russian stove for washing.
      It's not good to live in shit.
      Such is the Russian folk wisdom.

      But the French watered themselves with perfume in order to hide their stench.
    2. +2
      July 3 2021
      What is good for a bear is not good for a man. A person who smells like a bear is not scary, but disgusting wink
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  7. -4
    July 2 2021
    Thus, hundreds of kilograms of clothing are annually destroyed, which, according to experts from NASA, is extremely impractical and not economical in the context of a policy of saving resources.
    Basins them, washing powder, laundry soap. Or you have to take the laundress with you. laughing
    1. 0
      July 2 2021
      I didn’t understand at all what the drone attack was, how many comments were deleted! I even wonder who they are. The issue of disposal is so urgent. Probably, commercial offers are being removed. Advertising on VO is not a place.
    2. +2
      July 2 2021
      Basins will not work, weightlessness.
      And the washerwoman would be useful. Not for washing. Guys have been in orbit for months :))))
      1. +1
        July 3 2021

        Avior (Sergey)
        Yesterday, 16: 08
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        +1
        Basins will not work, weightlessness.
        And screw it, weak? laughing
        1. 0
          July 3 2021
          And how to screw the water in it?
          1. +1
            July 3 2021
            Quote: Avior
            And how to screw the water in it?

            The project for the new ISS plans to include a residential rotating module with low gravity. Put on any washer and wash it.
            1. +1
              July 3 2021
              The washer rotates without it
              It's about the basin
          2. 0
            July 3 2021

            Avior (Sergey)
            Today, 06: 58
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            +1
            And how to screw the water in it?
            Screw on the cover ... wink
            1. -1
              July 3 2021
              And how to wash under the lid?
              1. +1
                July 3 2021
                Quote: Avior
                And how to wash under the lid?
                Just like in a laboratory glove box
      2. 0
        July 3 2021
        Quote: Avior
        And the washerwoman would be useful. Not for washing. Guys have been in orbit for months :))))

        In the absence of a cook, we live with a janitor lol
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  9. -1
    July 2 2021
    What is the difference? Some, others are teasing. tongue
    Of course, scoffing is not about unloading the carriage. Anyway, it's easier than doing something yourself. bully
    1. 0
      July 3 2021

      And Us Rat (My name is Legion, for there are many of us)
      Yesterday, 16: 00
      NEW
      0
      What is the difference? Some, others are teasing. tongue
      Of course, scoffing is not about unloading the carriage. Anyway, it's easier than doing something yourself. bully
      You still cry for the Merikatos, survivor ... laughing tongue lol
      1. +1
        July 3 2021
        Quote: aszzz888
        You still cry for the Merikatos, survivor ...

        Where am I worried about them? Why are you lying? negative
        This is your thing about the Merikatos, I don't care about them.
    2. +2
      July 3 2021
      Quote: And Us Rat
      What is the difference? Some, others are teasing. tongue
      Of course, scoffing is not about unloading the carriage. Anyway, it's easier than doing something yourself. bully


      So we also have work on a washing machine, it is just that it is not needed on the ISS yet. Here in the video it says:

  10. 0
    July 2 2021
    The astronaut will drink recycled water after washing his panties. And it will begin to "emit" bubbles, like Savely Kramarov in the film "Gentlemen of Fortune"!
    1. 0
      July 2 2021
      Use fresh water for drinking
      But the technical one is received differently.
      Water delivered from Earth is used many times on the ISS. Currently, the ISS uses several methods of water regeneration:

      Condensation of moisture from the air;
      Waste water treatment;
      Recycling of urine and solid waste;
      The ISS is equipped with special equipment that condenses moisture from the air. Moisture in the air is natural, it exists both in space and on Earth. In the process of vital activity, astronauts can release up to 2,5 liters of liquid per day. In addition, the ISS has special filters to clean the used water. But given the way astronauts wash, household water consumption is significantly different from the terrestrial one. Recycling of urine and solid waste is a new development applied on the ISS only since 2010.

      Oxygen is obtained from industrial water for the station
      The first apparatuses for the production of oxygen from water were installed on the Salyut and Mir apparatuses. The production process is as simple as possible - special devices condense moisture from the air, and then, by electrolysis, oxygen is produced from this water. Electrolysis - passing a current through water - is a well-established scheme that reliably supplies oxygen to astronauts.

      Today, another source of water has been added to the condensed moisture - recycled urine and solid waste, which make it possible to obtain industrial water. Industrial water from the American ECLSS apparatus is supplied to the Russian system and the American OGS (Oxygen Generation System), where it is then "processed" into oxygen.

      I don’t know if the hydrogen obtained from the electrolysis of water is used, but it suggests itself - to correct the orbit, for example, or the attitude control engines of the station
      1. 0
        July 2 2021
        To save money, they will start drinking recycled!
        Elon Musk will "waggle" to "carry" fresh water - how cute they will drink !!!
      2. -1
        July 2 2021
        And there has never been any solid waste since the flight to the moon. Solid waste is processed by teeth into chocolate. And liquid waste is used to swallow the former solid waste. The most important thing is spare sets of teeth, individual. It is necessary to make a reserve for about five years, then they will not be needed. There, the Martians will turn them into spiders and they will produce silk with the specified parameters, at will. It will all be from the solid waste of the Martians.
  11. 0
    July 3 2021
    It is necessary to present clothes (including socks, underpants, T-shirts) to the Ambassador of Ukraine. This will be a great help to the people of Ukraine in building democracy
  12. 0
    July 3 2021
    Let the Russians ask for a universal myth.
  13. 0
    July 3 2021
    Underwear, gym clothes and other parts of the astronauts' wardrobe on the ISS are simply disposed of after contamination. They are placed in a vacuum basket, which is launched into space and subsequently burned up in the Earth's atmosphere.
    Clothes and other parts of the "wardrobe" along with their carriers, represented by NASA astronauts, are also put into a vacuum basket, let them fly in an extremely practical and economical way. bully

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