Nasa wants to recycle astronaut poop into plastics and vitamins

08/31/2015

Nasa is taking recycling to a whole other level. The U.S. space agency recently awarded researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina approximately $200,000 per year in grants to turn human waste into viable products, such as vitamins and plastics. The three-year research project called, "Synthetic Biology for Recycling Human Waste into Food, Nutraceuticals, and Materials: Closing the Loop for Long-Term Space Travel," will focus on how to genetically engineer yeast to create items for astronauts' use on space, since supplies are limited once astronauts take-off.

“If you want to send people into space for a long period of time, you can’t go down to the Home Depot to get screws, or the market to get food; it’s difficult, as space is at a premium,” said Mark Blenner, a Clemson University's professor teaching at the chemical and bioengineering department, and who is also heading the project.
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