As NASA’s Mars Rover Perseverance touched down on the red planet of Mars on February 18th, 2021, the future extended space travel to Mars became another step closer!
This monumental event reminded us of a NASA study done in 2015 that included ZONO Technologies. The study dealt with the question, “What will astronauts do about their laundry on long explorations such as the journey to Mars?”
Keeping crews clothed without a huge resupply burden is an important consideration for habitation systems. A space laundry system could be the solution; however, the resources a laundry system uses must be accounted for and must win out over the reliable practice of simply bringing along enough spare underwear. ZONO Technologies was really excited to be part of NASA’s Logistics Reduction Project study that compared current space clothing systems, life extension of that clothing, traditional water-based clothes washing, and other sanitizing techniques.