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Waste system implications for Mars missions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14503519     Owner:  NASA     Status:  MEDLINE    
Waste technologies for Mars missions have been analyzed, considering equivalent system mass and interface loads. Storage or dumping seems most appropriate for early missions with low food closure. Composting or other treatment of inedible biomass in a bioreactor seems most attractive for moderate food closure (50-75%). Some form of physicochemical oxidation of the composted residue might be needed for increased food closure, but oxidation of all waste does not seem appropriate due to excess of production of carbon dioxide over demand. More comprehensive analysis considering interfaces with other mission systems is needed. In particular, in-situ resource utilization is not considered, and might provide resources more cheaply than waste processing.
A E Drysdale; S Maxwell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in space research : the official journal of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0273-1177     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Space Res     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-20     Completed Date:  2004-03-02     Revised Date:  2007-04-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9878935     Medline TA:  Adv Space Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1791-7     Citation Subset:  S    
Copyright Information:
c2003 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
The Boeing Company, Titusville, FL 32780, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Biodegradation, Environmental
Ecological Systems, Closed*
Life Support Systems*
Space Flight*
Waste Management*
Waste Products
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Waste Products
A E Drysdale / NASA KSC

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