Converting Human Waste Into Rocket Fuel?

Converting Human Waste Into Rocket Fuel?

Researchers at the University of Florida are working on a way to turn human waste into rocket fuel. While this sounds like crazy talk, it actually makes a lot of sense. First of all, human waste contains methane, which is present in most fuels. Second, disposing of waste in space has always been a difficult task. Reusing waste products to create anything useful is a huge boon for space colonization. Imagine if a rocket could fly to a space station, refuel while docked, then use that fuel for the return trip. It could result in smaller, lighter rockets that are more efficient. It’s an interesting concept for energy conservation. As long as there are humans at the space station, the fuel supply will be self-sustaining. The idea certainly has merit.

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