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.
|Title of host publication
|We can change the weather : 100 cases of changeability
|Place of Publication
|VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
|Published - 1 Aug 2010