Study Started for Bacteria-free Space Missions

ESA’s Columbus space laboratory in 2014 during ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

LUXEMBOURG (ESA PR) — Bacteria grow everywhere, including inside the International Space Station. That is why ESA has selected the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) to develop antimicrobial surface treatments for the interior of spacecraft.

The Luxembourg institute launched its 18-month research project dubbed “ESA NBactspace”, on 4 March 2019, with a view to ensuring the health and safety of astronauts during future missions.

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