If you have an idea for reusing space trash, NASA would like to hear it.
NASA—the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,—would like to send astronauts to Mars, and it needs your help to do so. Especially if you have a novel solution to the problem of recycling waste in space.
NASA’s tournament lab and HeroX’s newly launched “Waste to Base” challenge is looking for suggestions on how to “recycle, repurpose, or reprocess” waste material—specifically trash, fecal waste, foam packaging material, and carbon dioxide—during a two to three year mission to the Red Planet. Ideally, space-trash will be converted into base material like propellant or feedstock for 3D printing.