The Eagle Has Landed!

Today marks the 41st anniversary of Man’s first steps on the Moon. You can read more about this incredible Human accomplishment under the “This Day In History” tab at www.history.com — the History Channel’s web site.
This event must have been lurking in my subconscious yesterday, as it was the inspiration behind that blog. If you missed yesterday’s blog, please go back and read it — it is one of my favorites.
The message remains this: we can solve the problems that we face — water and energy shortages being highest on my list.
With nary a drop of water on the Moon or in space, where did Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins get their water? NASA has a team to tackle this and similar issues: the Environmental Control and Life Support System. For the International Space Station, according to nasa.gov, “The ECLSS Water Recycling System (WRS), developed at the MSFC (Manned Space Flight Center), will reclaim waste waters from the Space Shuttle’s fuel cells, from urine, from oral hygiene and hand washing, and by condensing humidity from the air. Without such careful recycling 40,000 pounds per year of water from Earth would be required to resupply a minimum of four crewmembers for the life of the station.”
For the earlier space missions, like Apollo, most of the water came from the fuel cells. Hydrogen and Oxygen were combined to generate electrical power. In that process, the “waste” product is … water! Just another example of how Human ingenuity has been used to solve “impossible” problems.
Could fuel cells on Earth become a major source of water — as well as energy — in the future? It may only take “One small step” to make that “Giant leap for Mankind.”

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