Clothes Cleaning Research for Space Exploration


As the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars, there is an increased need to find effective and sustainable laundry solutions that are compatible with space travel and reduce the need for clothing resupply. Research and development to overcome resource constraints in space can lead to new products and practices on Earth. This paper describes a collaboration between NASA and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to advance their individual goals as well as provide additional benefits to humanity through more sustainable use of resources. In particular, the two organizations have been working together since August 2020 to advance state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly laundry solutions. Both traditional and novel approaches are being considered and held up against strict resource constraints that may exist in space missions or on Earth in the future. The results of this work are expected to contribute to NASA�s strategic goal of extending human presence deeper into space and to the Moon for sustainable long-term exploration and utilization. Likewise, the collaboration will advance one of P&G�s 2030 corporate sustainability goals by promoting water savings among its 5 billion consumers.


Michael Ewert, Johnson Space Center, US
Evelyne Orndoff, NASA JSC, US
Mark Sivik, Procter & Gamble Company, Inc., US
Kristi Niehaus, Procter & Gamble, US
William Shearouse, Procter & Gamble, US
Jessica Zinna, Procter & Gamble Company, Inc., US
Steven Patterson, Procter & Gamble, GB
Dean Muirhead, Barrios Technology, US
W. Andrew Jackson, Texas Tech University, US
ICES307: Collaboration, Education Outreach, and Public Engagement
The 51st International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, US, on 10 July 2022 through 14 July 2022.


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