An employee sorts carbonator bottles while working at the SodaStream factory in the West Bank.
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD)
SodaStream released an April fool’s video on Monday in which none other than astronaut Scott Kelly is seen discussing how venturing out to space can give you gas.
Scott confesses that he began thinking of his SodaStream idea back home as a possible way to use such excess CO2, meaning belches, to produce fizzy drinks.
The spoof goes on to present how such an item might be useful when one needs to belch in an elevator or before a romantic encounter; simply direct the gas into the SodaStream device and “produce” soda.
“When life gives you gas,” Kelly says with a serious face, “make sparkly water.”
The video ends with another product designed to help snoring people make soda in their sleep.
On the International Space Station, CO2 exhaled by astronauts is a real issue, as there are no trees in space to absorb it and create oxygen.
The real solution is not a soda stream device but zeolite, a mineral with tiny pores that capture CO2, later being exposed to the vacuum of space to release it, phys.org reported.
“Excess CO2 is a real issue in space and this could have been a life-saver had it actually existed,” explained Kelly in a press release sent out by SodaStream for April 1.
“I’m thrilled to partner with SodaStream on this prank," he said, "because one thing you learn from living in space for as long as I did is you have to have a sense of humor.”
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