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Recycling astronaut urine for energy and drinking water

On the less glamorous side of space exploration, there’s the more practical problem of waste — in particular, what to do with astronaut pee.
But rather than ejecting it into space, scientists are developing a new technique that can turn this waste burden into a boon by converting it into fuel and much-needed drinking water. Their report, which could also inspire new ways to treat municipal wastewater, appears in the journalACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Eduardo Nicolau,

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