Water For Cosmonauts

Water For Cosmonauts

The Soviet Union’s striving for being the first in everything let the country go down in history as the leader in space exploration. It created laboratory complexes which although became outdated are still fit for use. However, many of them will never make it until modernization. This report is about one of such labs, still alive but doomed for “extinction”.

Water For Cosmonauts

In order not to deliver tons of water to space stations, they equipped it with special filtering devices processing cosmonauts’ urine and water vapor found inside the station to turn them into drinking water. In case one of such devices breaks down, the station features a water reservoir. Let’s see where they make water for it.

Water For Cosmonauts

They filter water with special silver filters which kill harmful bacteria. Silver-filtered water remains fresh for a long time.

Water For Cosmonauts

There are a bunch of pipes in the lab.

Water For Cosmonauts

The system which provides water for cosmonauts is called Rodnik (standing for “spring”).

Water For Cosmonauts

One of the tanks of the lab.

Water For Cosmonauts

A vacuum installation.

Water For Cosmonauts

Another system called U-50 is hidden behind hermetic doors warning about a possibility of an explosion.

Water For Cosmonauts

This U-50 is out of order.

Water For Cosmonauts

There are no instructions in the lab on how these devices work.

Water For Cosmonauts

Water For Cosmonauts

Behind those hermetic doors.

Water For Cosmonauts

Mind how thick the door is.

Water For Cosmonauts

An armored cabin.

Water For Cosmonauts

An air hole.

Water For Cosmonauts

The capsule.

Water For Cosmonauts

Whatever they tested here was heavy.

Water For Cosmonauts

They would deliver the object under test to the cabin on rails.

Water For Cosmonauts

In this room there is a tank for nitrogen.

Water For Cosmonauts

Water For Cosmonauts

A control panel.

Water For Cosmonauts

It is manometer.

Water For Cosmonauts

This panel is half-disassembled.

Water For Cosmonauts

Let’s see where the lab employees work.

Water For Cosmonauts

Looking at this place, it is hard to believe that people actually work here in the 21st century. Unfortunately, this is what most of the labs in Russia are like today. Nothing’s changed here after the fall of the USSR.

Water For Cosmonauts

This lab is going to become abandoned in the nearest future. Let’s hope its employees will find a better place to work.

Location: The Moscow Region

via saoirse-2010

7 thoughts on “Water For Cosmonauts”

  1. Every once and then The United States needs something to happen like this to fill its own scientific community because the domestic Americans usually stay away from the difficult scientific field.

  2. So Russia is allegedly “the leader in space exploration”?

    Pardon me; I must have been asleep for forty years LOL.

    All this “leading-edge” equipment looks as though it belongs in the kitchen of a 1930s hotel.

  3. Do you honestly think a leading edge space lab is going to let some livejournal photo bloggers in? They were able to get into this place because the red tape has finally been cut and its being closed. Who knows when it was last actually functioning.

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