Watch: Astronauts Can Now Drink Out of Cups in Space

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 - 11:14AM
NASA
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 - 11:14AM
Watch: Astronauts Can Now Drink Out of Cups in Space
The gravity on the International Space Station leads to many difficulties in astronauts' lives, not least when it comes to drinking fluids. Usually, they are forced to suck liquid from a special sealed bag as a result of the odd behavior of liquid in a microgravity environment, but now, with the newly engineered "Space Cups" that have arrived on the ISS, astronauts can drink out of cups almost normally.





The Space Cups are part of NASA's Capillary Beverage Experiment, a joint venture with engineering firm IRPI. The cups mimic the role of normal gravity on Earth in drinking, using the combined effects of surface tension, wetting, and cup geometry. 

Space Cups

As strange as it sounds, this experiment will not only allow ISS astronauts to drink normally, but could have larger applications. By learning exactly how to control fluid in space, NASA may be able to design more advanced fluid systems for spaceships that make them run more efficiently and reliably. 

Via Gizmodo.
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