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Left to right: WMFE’s Brendan Byrne, NASA’s Nicole Dufour, Florida Tech’s Dan Batcheldor, NASA’s Anne Meier.

How To Survive On Mars

When the first Martians arrive on the red planet, not much awaits them. There’s no food, no breathable air, no fuel. All they’ll have is what they brought with them — not much. So how are they going to survive?
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Waste like food packaging and spacewalk diapers can turn into fuel for rockets or water for astronauts in the “Trash to Gas” reactor. Photo: Brendan Byrne

Turning Space Garbage Into Rocket Fuel

When it comes to space travel, especially deep space travel, packing light is key. Every pound of cargo requires precious fuel. So what if Mars-bound astronauts could convert the things around them, like the trash they make on the ship, into fuel?
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