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The Spacefaring Power of Pee

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Getting to Mars is on our minds back here on Earth, and when it comes to space travel, recycling is a space traveler’s best friend – pee included! Today we’re looking at a brilliant new potential use for pee in space, and URINE for a surprise, it flows a bit farther than drinking water!

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Producer:
Kirk Zamieroski

Writer:
Alexa Billow

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Mark A. Blenner, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Kyle Nackers

SOURCES:

article on the pee story:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a17007/nasa-waste-yeast/

http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/space/article/NASA-funds-research-to-recycled-human-waste-for-6455591.php

challenges associated with a trip to mars:

https://www.space.com/11417-mars-missions-space-travel-challenges.html

https://www.wired.com/2016/02/space-is-cold-vast-and-deadly-humans-will-explore-it-anyway/

using urine to grow plants in space:

https://www.livescience.com/58254-growing-tomatoes-in-urine-for-mars-missions.html

plants in deep space and on mars:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-plant-researchers-explore-question-of-deep-space-food-crops

NASA video on Veggies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9aR2-7sOjg

background on the nitrogen cycle//why we need all this stuff
additive manufacturing on station

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2198.html

Getting thirsty in space:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/67854/how-do-astronauts-get-drinking-water-iss

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/26/us-astronauts-recycled-urine-international-space-station

about the engineer behind pee recycling systems:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150527-solving-a-space-stations-toilet-shaped-problem

more recently installed system:

https://www.space.com/34688-recycled-astronaut-pee-boosts-deep-space-travel.html

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