A RESEARCH project developing ways of feeding spaceship food plants with the recycled faeces of Mars-bound astronauts could have important spin-off applications for the disposal of municipal waste water.

The European Space Agency funded MELISSA (micro-ecological life support alternative) project is examining how to re-use the maximum amount of waste generated by spacemen on future long trips to the red planet.

EPAS, a participating Belgian company, is investigating a fermentation process breaking down organic waste to produce ...

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