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Videos of algae and space

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The potential role of microalgae in converting carbon dioxide into food for manned space flights is a topic of great personal interest.

This new section brings together some fascinating videos covering experiments on algae being carried out in the microgravity of the International Space Station (ISS). The videos will also show how satellites being used to study algal blooms in lakes and oceans.

Earth from space: North Sea Bloom

7 September 2018
3:24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2rVj5fQkaw
The ESA (European Space Agency) looks at massive algal blooms in the North Sea.

Growing microalgae on the ISS

29 July 2018
5:29
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=323&v=fP3Xecbjslo
SpaceX delivers microalgae experiments to the ISS as part of a joint project with NASA and CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space).

SOLAR SPORE - an algae photobiorector in space

23 January 2018
1:32
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o-GYlUJD_M
A conceptual schematic of what might be done (in French).

Using Spirulina to produce oxygen and food in space

5 May 2015
8:39
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4itO-JJhRg
The ESA (European Space Agency) is studying the possibility of using the microalga (not bacteria as stated in the video!) Spirulina to use the carbon dioxide generated by the crew on extended space missions, with no immediate resupply possible, to produce food.
David Border - Consultant Microbiologist

 

David Border - Consultant Microbiologist