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MOBIL LUBE EXTENDS LIFE OF SHUTTLE ASTRONAUTS' SPACE SUITS

 MOBIL LUBE EXTENDS LIFE OF SHUTTLE ASTRONAUTS' SPACE SUITS
 FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- An old product has found a new use in today's high-tech environment. Mobilgrease 28, the first synthetic hydrocarbon-based lubricant on the market, was first sold in 1965 for use in military aircraft. Today, it is extending the life of shuttle astronauts' space suits, Mobil said.
 One of the key components of a shuttle astronaut's space suit life support system is the fan-pump-separator (FPS). The FPS circulates air through the suit's arms and legs, pumps cooling water through the suit, and removes carbon dioxide expelled from the lungs and stores it in a canister while recirculating other gases for breathing.
 Mobilgrease 28 is the only lubricant used in the system because of its excellent water resistance and ability to work well in extremely low temperatures. It helped make possible the recent extended space walks by the Endeavor shuttle astronauts during the rescue of the Intelsat communications satellite.
 Mobilgrease 28 has been approved for eight years of storage in assembled FPS units. According to Mobil, this eliminates the need for annual disassembly to check the integrity of the grease, saving NASA about $100,000 per unit. Evaluations are under way to determine if the storage life can be extended to 10 years.
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