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An Oaky Bouquet With a Hint of Saltiness....

...and urea.

A first for space was celebrated yesterday with astronauts drinking water recycled from their urine, sweat, and water condensed from exhaled air. "The taste is great," said the US astronaut Michael Barratt.

It's not all that different from what we do with our water here on the planet. Did you think it came from a bottomless spring? Or that a cleric conjured it out of nothing? Wastewater treatment plant outflow eventually becomes water treatment plant inflow. Then it ends up in your taps and your bottled water.

By min | May 21, 2009, 3:21 PM | Science