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Astronauts could stop burning underwear in Nasa plans to make first space detergent
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Astronauts could stop burning underwear in Nasa plans to make first space detergent

Astronauts could stop burning their underwear every three days in space in a move that could revolutionise washing on Earth. Nasa, the American space agency, has signed an agreement with consumer goods firm Procter and Gamble to develop the first laundry detergent for washing clothes in space, according to a report in the New Scientist. No washing machine has been developed for use in zero-gravity and currently astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) wear their clothes for “as long as it is tolerable to the crew based on smell and crustiness”, according to a Nasa report from 2013. This is typically three days for underwear and a week or two for other items. After this point they are either returned to Earth to be scrapped or eje

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Astronauts could stop burning their underwear every three days in space in a move that could revolutionise washing on Earth.

Nasa, the American space agency, has signed an agreement with consumer goods firm Procter and Gamble to develop the first laundry detergent for washing clothes in space, according to a report in the New Scientist.

No washing machine has been developed for use in zero-gravity and currently astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) wear their clothes for “as long as it is tolerable to the crew based on smell and crustiness”, according to a Nasa report from 2013.

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This is typically three days for underwear and a week or two for other items. After this point they are either returned to Earth to be scrapped or ejected into space to burn up in the atmosphere.