Researcher Stephen Anthony works with the new reactor prototype that could turn trash into gas.
Image credit: NASA/Dmitri Gerondidakis

NASA’s Version of Mr. Fusion


It probably won’t be able to fuel Doc Brown’s flux capacitor on his DeLorean time machine, but NASA researchers are hoping a new device that will be tested on the International Space Station can turn trash into power. The Trash to Gas Reactor is a miniature version of large waste incineration facilities on Earth that generate electricity or fuel. This could help with the accumulating trash on the ISS and be used on future missions beyond Earth orbit, as well as help the trash problem in areas of the world where there are neither large power plants nor garbage processing facilities.

Read more: NASA’s Version of Mr. Fusion — Universe Today.

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