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Science Past from the issue of April 7, 1962

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FRESH WATER FOR SPACE—Spacemen on the moon or on a space platform or spaceship may continuously produce more water than they need with a new high-temperature method of burning wastes described at the American Chemical Society meeting in Washington, D.C. Frank J. Hendel of North American Aviation, Inc., Downey, Calif., told the Society of a process of oxidizing or burning all human wastes, including perspiration and water vapor from breath to produce more water than is originally used. The water needed for a healthy astronaut is seven pounds each day.

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