Interplanetary spacecraft could run on the crew's organic waste

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NASA is starting a $600,000 project to turn astronaut waste into a power source using pyrolysis - breaking matter down by heating it without oxygen. Pyrolysis can result in liquids or gases, depending on the temperature of burning and these can either be burnt to release energy or turned into other materials such as plastics. They suggest the process could be used on earth for recycling human waste, plastic bags, etc.

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I was wondering if you could please send me any information regarding recycling of waste in space and in space crafts. Im using it for a school project.
It would be much appreciated
Yours sincerely
Melissa Fry