Experiment on the ISS

Algae survive heat, cold and cosmic radiation

Research News / 1.2.2017

In a long-term experiment on the International Space Station, Fraunhofer researchers studied how the extreme conditions in space affect algae. Fraunhofer conducted this experiment in close cooperation with German and international partners. Research findings could benefit industrial applications and perhaps a mission to Mars.

  • Experiment in space: algae spend two years on the outside of the ISS.
  • CCCryo organisms from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Potsdam, Germany were subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations, the vacuum of space, and cosmic radiation.
  • Practical application in the food and cosmetic industries.