It Is Dirty Work, But Someone Has to Do It
In its quest for extended human space flight, NASA has a lot of difficulties to overcome, not the least of which is what to do with all the waste the astronauts will generate. When a crew on a two-year flight to Mars can create an estimated six tons of solid waste, it's not difficult to see that this may cause a problem. Fortunately, scientists may have found a microbe that would not only solve the poop problem, but could also provide some extra electricity for the spacecraft.
Visit Science@NASA to find out more about this industrious little sewage worker:
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