Microbes Turn Urine Into Rocket Fuel [Headlines]

Scientists recently discovered that anammox bacteria are capable of ingesting ammonium and converting it into a type of rocket fuel.

Amelia Riley Swan
  • 4 october 2011

Scientists have just figured out the means by which a certain type of microbe can convert urine into hydrazine. Yes, that’s right: these tiny bugs chow down on your pee, and then poop out honest to goodness rocket fuel.

Anammox bacteria are capable of ingesting ammonium, which can be found in, you know, pee, and through a complex process, they can convert it into hydrazine, which is a type of rocket fuel. The space shuttle, for example, used hydrazine to power its maneuvering thrusters as well as its auxiliary power units. Dvice


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