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Answers Your Questions

From: Elda Galvez, of Houston, Texas
To: Jeff Hanley, flight director

Question: How do you get the water to flow through the water pipes without any gravity present?

Answer: The shuttle water tanks are pressurized with nitrogen, and this helps force water flow. In addition, the tanks contain metal "bellows," which act with a spring force to push water out of the tanks. The galley, which supplies drinking water to the crew, works by using pumps to deliver water.

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 01/22/2003
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