Glow in Night Sky Was Actually Astronaut Urine

Uurrgghh, next time we must watch the sky more carefully. Because who knows the urine will drop on our face :D reported that the beautiful trail in the sky which looked like a mysterious celestial event was actually urine.

A few skygazers were treated to the unexpected view of a bright sparkling glow Wednesday night, created when astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery dumped the waste out into space.

The water dump was a scheduled task for STS-128 pilot Kevin Ford, who poured out urine and waste water stored aboard the shuttle in preparation for a landing attempt Thursday. Weather thwarted that try, but astronauts plan another landing attempt Friday at 5:48 p.m. EDT (2148 GMT) in Florida, though rain and high winds are expected again.

The light show Wednesday was aided by an unusually large amount of water being dumped all at once - about 150 pounds (68 kg), said NASA spokeswoman Kylie Clem. Discovery had just undocked from the International Space Station the day before, and had not been able to unload waste water during the 10-day visit.

"It would have been a large quantity because we don't do water dumps while docked to the station now," Clem told in an e-mail. "That is a fairly new restriction over the last couple of flights in order to prevent potential contamination of the Kibo module."

The Kibo module is a new Japanese-built research lab on the space station that includes an external platform to expose science experiments to the space environment. Water dumps from a docked shuttle could potentially pollute the experiments.

Via - , 11 Sept 2009



Ewwwwww... Better have an umbrella handy all the time. You never know when you will be hit by "waste water" from them astronauts. Hahhh.. I would rather get drenched by the "sky juice". LOL...

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