Astronauts Drink Their Own Urine For The First Time

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It's the moment that all astronauts knew that they'd have to face, but really didn't want to: The drinking of their own recycled urine. And, just to make the event more pleasurable, these astronauts are doing it on camera.

The video shows Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Mike Barratt and Koichi Wakata celebrating the successful launch of the International Space Station's new water recycling system by downing some former urine and trying to look excited about it. Barratt, at least, could find words to describe his emotions on the event:

This has been the stuff of science fiction. Everybody's talked about recycling water in a closed loop system, but nobody's ever done it before. Here we are today with the first round of recycled water... We're really happy for this day and for the team that put this together. This is the kind of technology that will get us to the moon and further.

Suddenly, Star Trek's future seems slightly tainted, don't you agree?