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50 years ago, NASA whipped up astronaut waste into rocket fuel

Excerpt from the September 2, 1967 issue of Science News

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9:00am, August 24, 2017

BOLDLY GO  Researchers have been trying to turn astronaut poop into rocket fuel for 50 years. They’re still trying.

Waste makes haste

Getting rid of bodily wastes during long space flights is a problem…. A bizarre possible solution … involves whipping the wastes in with some other ingredients to produce the most unusual rocket fuel…. The four ingredients — carbon, ammonium, nitrate and aluminum — and the waste material are just blended together, and they’re ready to go…. [The material] would probably be used to help a spacecraft change position or to nudge a long-life space station occasionally to keep it up in orbit. –Science News, September 2, 1967

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Researchers are still trying to figure out how to turn

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