First UN Satellite Hopes to Turn Astronaut Poop Into Power Supply

satellite unescosat

When are we gonna be able to convert astronaut
feces into hydrogen for use in onboard fuel cells?

For the first time, the United Nations is planning to make its mark in space with an international satellite designed to promote science education and international cooperation in the sciences. But the $5 million satellite (UNESCOSat) won’t go up alone–it will be accompanied by a number of payloads, including two from the Florida Institute of Technology filled with bacteria. Why?

The first payload is intended to examine the effects of Shewanella MR-1 (a bacteria) in a microgravity environment to determine its suitability for long-term space travel…

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