US astronauts drink recycled urine aboard space station but Russians refuse
- Ninety-three percent of all water onboard the ISS is reclaimed from condensate, which, for Nasa astronauts, includes urine..
In Hadfield’s video, he defended the consumption of filtered urine and condensate.
“Before you cringe at the thought of drinking your leftover wash water and your leftover urine, keep in mind that the water that we end up with is purer than most of the water that you drink at home,” he said. “That makes the International Space Station its own self-contained environment. That’s a critical step towards living for long periods off of planet Earth.”