Chapter 6 : Melissa - Energy efficiency and life support in spaceflight and planetary stations

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Abstract

MELISSA is a regenerative life support system designed by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the production of oxygen, water and food during long-distance space exploration, like a lunar base or a mission to Mars. The system uses the combined activity of physical/chemical processes as well as different living organisms: microbial cultures in bioreactors, a plant compartment and a human crew. The article zooms in on the specific role of microbes for energy efficiency and life support in spaceflight and planetary station.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWe can change the weather : 100 cases of changeability
Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
PublisherVUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pages26-27
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9789054876922
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010

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NameCROSSTALKS book
Number4

Keywords

  • Life support, bacteria, spaceflight, bioreactor

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