Oh The Irony! NASAs Plans For Human Poop Is Enough To Make You Lose Your Appetite
NASA boldly going where no one has dared to go before.
They have awarded a $200,000 grant to Mark Blenner of Clemson University to fund research aimed at exploring the possibility of recycling human waste into food I kid you not.
(Telegraph) As Nasa talks more about the growing possibility of a manned mission to Mars and beyond, the challenges of feeding astronauts in missions that last months or even years become more and more pressing.
The space agency is attempting to find a solution to this problem, in awarding a $200,000 (127,600) a year grant to a project aimed at creating a closed loop system on a spacecraft one that could use astronauts waste into food, fertiliser, supplements or other useful materials for a long space flight.
The project that won the grant is called Synthetic Biology for Recycling Human Waste into Food, Nutraceuticals, and Materials: Closing the Loop for Long-Term Space Travel, and is led by Mark Blenner of Clemson University, South Carolina.
It will receive up to $200,000 a year for a maximum of three years, as Nasa tries to solve the problem of feeding humans for months in a cramped and inhospitable spacecraft. [..
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