NASA does humanure

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Author: Bruno
Friday, August 27, 2004 - 1:43 am
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this article
http://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/html4ever/2004/040825.Volenec.mars.html

describes a NASA project called STAR:

solids thermophilic aerobic reactor

thermophilic humanure at 140 fahrenheit for 10 days:

"using bacteria, heat and circulated air to break down refuse in Mars manned spaceship plans"

"STAR processes the waste for 10 days, We shovel the processed waste onto the
plants, almost like a mini-marsh," he said. "Then we use the plants to
filter water out. We'll recover the water in the atmosphere above the plant
by running it through a 'cold finger,' much like pipes sweating in
restrooms. Using something cold condenses the water so that it can be
captured."

Author: admin
Friday, August 27, 2004 - 12:07 pm
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This is good stuff. Maybe the scientists will discover humanure.

The article states, "The bioreactor Alleman's team developed is like 'nothing on Earth' or in space, he said. Called the "solids thermophilic aerobic reactor," or STAR, it originally was invented to treat hog manure by using bacteria, heat and circulated air to break down refuse.

Like nothing on Earth? Ha!

Joe Jenkins

Author: Anonymous
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - 11:09 am
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Who started the word humanure?

Author: Anonymous
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - 11:12 am
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At least NASA is trying to work toward humanure recycling.

Author: admin
Sunday, August 29, 2004 - 1:00 pm
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The word "humanure" was coined with the original publication of the Humanure Handbook in 1995.

Author: Max
Saturday, December 17, 2005 - 1:24 pm
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ha ha! right-on Joe!

Author: Herb
Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 1:49 pm
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You know what's gonna happen don't you?

Their Star Wars Humanure toilet will cost several BILLION taxpayer dollars to develop. Then it will cost hundreds of BILLION more taxpayer dollars to shoot their high-tech shit bucket into space and bring it back to earth safely again.

Then they will proclaim this wonderful NEW invention unlike anything ever seen before and trot it out as a PERFECT example of why we need to spend ZILLIONS of dollars on space travel to develop such new and amazing benefits and inventions that will help all mankind back on earth.

Author: Stephen
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 12:42 am
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Sounds pretty bad but... mayby it does'nt. All of mankind will discover the wonderfull shit bucket idea and say that its way out of reach, but, its up to us.... the elders, the sages, the followers of the ways tought to us by our mythilogical mentor through his scripts, that it can be done!!!!
As long as you have plenty of dry, thoughed out sawdust, and you can get your shitsickles to break thier bond and flomp into the glorious bin, the majic WILL happen and mankind will be closer to salvation.

Author: Herb
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 11:30 am
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You know of course that after they "invent" this high-tech poop pail the final product that you will be able to buy here on earth will be manufactured in China and cost a small fortune when sold to American consumer.

The beauty of the Humanure system is it's utter low-tech simplicity. It's even easier than digging holes and burying your shit as per my previous system.

I heard one of the NASA designers of this (or a similar) shit-processing and water recovery invention for long-term manned space travel.

After he explained how great the system worked and how the water extracted from human "waste" would be good enough to drink and that was part of the plan, the interviewer asked:

"Have you tried drinking it?"

There was a long pause and he blurted out:

"No!"

If I had all that deep empty space it would be lots easier to eject the feces overboard and invent a new phenomenon for future astronauts to discover: "turderites."

Author: Larry
Friday, December 23, 2005 - 10:12 pm
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The technological challenge of engineering humanure recycling on a spaceship is one end of the spectrum, while coping with crap in poor communities is the other end. Defecating on the side of the road in full view of passersby is not uncommon in many areas. Sometimes women must wait till dark to relieve themselves, for fear of molestation.
In the US we have easier choices: the usual flusher, or a composting toilet system. But it is instructive to see the low state of sanitation for much of humanity. One of the best Manuals for improving sanitary facilities in developing countries that I've seen can be found at: http://www.hesperian.org/newbooks_envirohealth.htm
Open the pdf page under Water and Sanitation. The bucket toilet isn't described, but the basic principles for composting humanure are presented.

Author: admin
Saturday, December 24, 2005 - 11:46 am
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Thanks for the link, Larry. I put it on this web site on the Humanure Headquarters page (http://jenkinspublishing.com/humanure.html).

Joe Jenkins

Author: TCLynx
Monday, January 02, 2006 - 10:37 am
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Of course for all those fecophopes, if they see nasa doing it and eating the produce from it, perhaps the $$ method will help convert the "civilized masses". At a later date once everyone sees how it is actually safe, perhaps they will be tipped off as to how it can be done the oldfashon way with a bucket, cover material, and a backyard bin.

So how will they deal with aging or curing the compost before putting it on the plants? Remember that the year of curing isn't to make it any safer for humans but to let the byproducts of the thermophilic bacteria to disapate so as not to burn the plants.

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