NASA and Procter & Gamble, owner of the Tide laundry brand, are cooperating to sort out shelter, air, water, and food for humans to live on Mars.
“Tide has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to help in the development of laundry detergent solutions and technology development in space,” P&G said in a statement on Tuesday. “Under the agreement, NASA may test and study Tide cleaning solutions in space.”
Before we get to laundromats on Mars, NASA and Tide will attempt a few investigations up on the International Space Station. There are no washing machines on the ISS. As of now, astronauts wear a garment until it gets dirty and afterward throw it out. Ordinary resupply missions keep astronauts supplied with clean garments, however, that will not be an incredible choice for additional flung destinations like Mars.
P&G is hoping to resolve issues with restricted water, ingredient safety, and similarity with life support systems. For example, liquids (including urine) on the ISS are recycled into usable water.
“Tide has developed a fully degradable detergent, specifically designed for use in space to solve malodor, cleanliness, and stain removal problems for washable items used during deep space missions while being suitable for use in a closed-loop water system,” said P&G.
P&G is preparing for approximately 2022 experiments on the ISS that will include testing the strength of cleaning and stain removal ingredients in ISS conditions. The organization is likewise investigating fostering a combination washer-dryer that could be used for NASA Artemis moon missions and future Mars missions where low gravity will be an issue.
NASA and P&G aren’t the only ones attempting to solve the clean-clothes issue. The European Space Agency is examining antimicrobial textiles for use in spacesuit undergarments.
Any solutions NASA and P&G find could likewise end up being useful back on Earth, where certain parts of the globe are confronting water shortages. If you can get garments clean in orbit, on the moon, or Mars using very little water and energy, then, at that point that would likewise be a hit back on Tide’s home planet.