The role of plants and algae in near term life support systems
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Hybrid life support systems combining physico-chemical processes with plants and algae are needed to support larger crew sizes than those found on ISS for enabling the development of a vibrant cislunar economy. The use of photosynthetic organisms is essential because they can make use of freely available solar radiation. Recycling inedible biomass produced by plants and algae involves closing the carbon loop of life support systems.