Becoming an astronaut requires one to possess extraordinary physical and mental capacities. Not only must you be a brilliant and articulate person of science, but you must also endure severe physical challenges that would humble nearly all other humans.
The training program for astronauts is rigorous and largely thankless. Nearly all astronauts spend year after year on the ground, watching a select few of their compatriots be launched into space. Many say the wait for a mission to space is the most difficult part.
However, once selected for a mission, astronauts enjoy certain privileges that ordinary humans don’t. Such as the ability dump a 150-pound bucket of your pee into space — thereby creating a brilliant streak of reflective human waste thousands of miles long and visible to humans on the ground.
The picture at right was taken in Hungary last Wednesday. In it, you can see what amounts to more than a week’s worth of astro-pee cascading through the night sky:
According to NASA spokeswoman Kylie Clem, because space regulations bar astronauts from dumping waste water at the International Space Station, the Discovery astronauts had to wait until undocking before they could discard their pee — which by that point amounted to a hefty ten days’ worth.
Sad you missed the show? No need to worry: you may get another chance, as it’s actually a fairly common sighting, says Clem.
And now you know what all that Tang is for.
(Hat tip: Perry Ellis)
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Stop — Ryan Adams
Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be — The Black Keys
Merchants of Soul — Spoon
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Margaret in Captivity — The Decemberists
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