中英對照讀新聞》NASA and Tide team up to do laundry in space 航太總署與汰漬合作在太空中洗衣服


2021/06/27 05:30

◎黃靖媗

Tide is going to outer space. The Procter & Gamble brand is partnering with NASA to keep astronauts’ spacesuits fresh, even on Mars.

汰漬正在前往外太空。這個寶鹼公司的品牌正與美國航太總署合作,維持太空人太空服的乾淨,即便是在火星。

Company and NASA scientists have created a fully degradable detergent that will clean clothes without wasting water.

該公司與NASA科學家已經創造一款完全可自然分解的洗滌劑,不用浪費水就能潔淨衣物。

Over the next decade, they’ll be testing fabric care products, including Tide pens and wipes, at the International Space Station and on missions to the moon and Mars.

在未來10年中,他們將在國際太空站與登月、登火星的任務中,測試織物照護產品,包括汰漬的筆與濕紙巾。

The months or even years that astronauts spend away from Earth means that their spacesuits and clothes can become smelly and stained. Clothes have to be reworn several times before they are ejected with other waste into the atmosphere or sent back to Earth as trash. A crew member will receive 160 pounds of clothes per year through resupply shipments.

太空人離開地球數月,甚至數年的時間,意味著他們的太空服與衣物會變臭且染色。這些衣物與其他廢物被拋入大氣層或當成垃圾送回地球前,必須重複穿著許多次。1名組員每年將透過補給,拿到160磅重的衣物。

新聞辭典

degradable:形容詞,可自然分解。例句:Those forks are made of degradable plastic.(這些叉子是用可分解塑膠製作。)

stain:動詞,弄髒、污損、染色。名詞,污垢、瑕疵。The wood was stained yellow.(木材被染成黃色。)

eject:動詞,使(從機器中)彈出。例句:I am still unable to eject the tape.(我仍然無法把磁帶彈出來。)

  • 汰漬與美國太空總署合作,為太空人設計能節約水資源的洗滌劑。圖為汰漬與美國太空總署合作的標誌。(路透)

    汰漬與美國太空總署合作,為太空人設計能節約水資源的洗滌劑。圖為汰漬與美國太空總署合作的標誌。(路透)