In a new research, NASA will study human excrement from the lunar surface. The findings will provide useful insights into human life and survival in space.
In the past, NASA has launched six Apollo missions with a total of 12 astronauts taking flight. Considering the weight constraints, the spacemen had to leave behind excess baggage, in order to make room for the precious lunar rocks and soil. During their expeditions they have allegedly left around 96 bags of human waste containing urine, vomit and feces.
If the bags were tightly packed, chances are, the microbes have still survived. Although even if the microbes are dead, studying them will provide valuable information on their survival tendency, life span, and adaptability in space. The findings will be conducive for future space missions and the observations are also bound to amplify understandings in origin of life on earth.