After a quick business meeting and annual election of officers, Donald Rethke (aka “Dr. Flush”) gave a wonderful inside look at “Life after liftoff” at the monthly meeting of the Astronomical Society of New Haven. Now retired, Donald spent over 40 years at Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sunstrand) engineering enviromental systems, and life support systems for the Lunar Module, Apollo space flights, and the Space Shuttle. During his multimedia presentation which lasted for more than an hour, “Dr. Flush” displayed and demonstrated life support systems, spacesuit backpacks, and how the evolution of the space toilets are progressing. ” For every action there is a reaction, and in weightlessness going to the bathroom can be a very interesting experience” he said. Retired in 2000, he is still involved with Hamilton Sunstrands community involment projects, and space suit presentations.
Donald Rethke shows a reduced scale mockup of the EVA Spacesuit currently used by shuttle and International Space Station Astronauts.
Guests at the the ASNH meting get treated to a close look at what astronauts eat in space and how it looks before it it transformed into edible material.
CtCameraEye takes a close wide angle look into the 24 carat gold faceshield of a spacesuit.