NASA is trying to figure out how to recycle human waste, including feces and the carbon dioxide we exhale, into useful products.
Waste recycling could help astronauts carry out longer missions without being hampered by the amount of resources they can carry.
As ZDNET pointed out that these recycled products will be like ‘space gold’ to the astronauts, who will soon return to Earth.
The only problem is, Nasa isn’t sure how to make this ‘space gold’.
That’s why new community sourcing challenge called The Waste to Basic Materials Challenge: Sustainable Recycling in Space is looking for people to help them solve this problem.
This Nasa . Tournament Lab is offering a $24,000 (£17,700) prize to the person or group with the best idea.
The website explains: “Help NASA improve future space missions by recommending methods that enable efficient recycling/recycling/reuse of on-board resources.”
It goes on to tell anyone who wants to apply that they should imagine they’re on a two- to three-year journey to Mars with limited supplies.
“The challenge is finding ways to convert waste into basic materials and other useful things, like propellant or materials for 3D printing,” it states.
“We’re looking for your ideas on how to convert disparate waste streams into useful materials that can then be made into essentials and cycled through again and again – and we’re working on it.” looking for ideas to convert waste into propellant.
“Ultimately, we want to integrate all the disparate processes into a robust ecosystem that allows a spacecraft to launch from Earth at the lowest possible mass.”
The Nasa Tournament Lab wanted ideas on how to recycle waste, manure, styrofoam packaging materials, and carbon dioxide.
The winning idea in each of these categories will receive a $1,000 (£738) prize and another $24,000 for the best idea overall.
Some recycling in space has occurred during the current missions.
Astronauts on the International Space Station have been using water recycling systems since 2009.
It helps them recycle urine and water from condensation.
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https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8244045/nasa-wants-to-recycle-poo-human-waste-space-missions/ Nasa wants to turn POO and even astronaut breath into ‘space gold’ with a genius waste system