Edible Bacteria That Eat Human Waste Could Be Food For Astronauts

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Edible Bacteria That Eat Human Waste Could Be Food For Astronauts
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Researchers have found that three types of edible bacteria that can process human waste might be able to be used for food for Astronauts.

Currently, our dreams of starting a colony on another planet are not very realistic. In addition to the dangers that a manned space flight of a distance to a planet like Mars would bring to astronauts in terms of their health, actually surviving once on the new planet is not currently feasible. With our inability to resupply a colony on another planet due to the extreme time it would take for a new spacecraft to make the trip, it’s important that any established space colony be able to support its residents entirely.

Researchers at Penn State may have arrived at a novel new solution after finding edible bacteria that process human waste. By using human waste to grow a huge amount of these edible bacteria, astronauts may be able to feed themselves while on other planets.

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