Re: Shuttle water dump while attached to ISS

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Wed Aug 15 2001 - 13:50:16 PDT

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    At 10:35 15/08/01 -0500, you wrote:
    >Max White wrote:
    >"I thought waterdumps were not performed whilst docked, only on free flying
    >plus the water is used to top up the ISS tanks, so why dump it anyway?"
    >In fact, water dumps are routinely performed while free flying AND while
    >attached to ISS. There was a contamination issue but that argument was
    >overcome. The Shuttle provides ISS all the water ISS can utilize; but ISS
    >now hands over its excess water for the Shuttle to dump. What will happen to
    >excess water on ISS when the Shuttle leaves is not clear right now.
    When a water dump occures, does this water vapourise immediately or does it
    freeze into ice particles ?  
    If it forms ice particles, isn't that very dangerous for the ISS/Shuttle as
    for other satellites which are in low orbit ?
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