CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The international space station is
about to get all the comforts of a modern, high-end, "green"
That includes a fancy recycling water filter, a new fridge,
extra bedrooms, workout equipment and the essential half-bath.
The space shuttle Endeavour's seven-member will carry all the
frills up later this week to provide more luxurious space station
living - and a larger household. Liftoff is set for Friday night.
It'll be a home makeover in the extreme. The space station will
go from a three-bedroom, one-bath house with kitchenette to a
five-bedroom, two-bath house with two kitchenettes and the latest
gizmos NASA has to offer.
To be more precise, astronauts will install an extra toilet, more sleeping compartments with individual thermostats and laptop hookups, and an exercise machine capable of some 30 routines.
They also will be delivering the essentials of NASA's first
attempt at a closed-loop environmental system in orbit, where
almost everything gets recycled.
Already, the power on the space station is generated from solar panels.
Most significant is the water recovery system that'll turn urine
and condensation into fresh drinking water.