Pee = rocket fuel?

Published on October 4th, 2011
Pee = rocket fuel?

Wait, so lets get this straight – pee can be used to fuel a rocket? Talk about pee power.

Scientists have discovered a remarkable bacterium that lives without oxygen and could be a huge breakthrough in space exploration. The so-called ‘anammox germs’ caused a sensation when they were first identified in the 1990s, but uncovering them has taken quite a bit of time.

So how exactly does it work? Well, the bacterium transforms ammonium; you know the ingredient in urine, into hydrazine, a rocket fuel.

Before you get excited, not nearly enough wee would ever be produced to send a rocket to Mars, but the discovery is totally awesome don’t you think?

This sure is a great example of alternative fuel…