A beer in space? (!)

22 October, 2022 News

How could a beer contribute to space exploration?

The SpaceDot team, made up of students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and dealing with space and astrobiology, has the answer for you.

The main occupation of this group is AcubeSAT• a tiny satellite born from this idea, which is scheduled to be launched into orbit around the Earth in 2024.

But will they send beer into space? Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the fungus that creates beer through fermentation. SpaceDot will use it to investigate how the conditions of space affect cellular functions. This fungus has a similar structure and functional organization to human cells, so it is often used as a model for studies that are difficult to do in humans. In doing so, AcubeSAT will study how the production of more than 190 proteins changes, making it the largest-scale biological experiment ever hosted on a nanosatellite. So they invite us to their stand to find out more information but also to see their nanosatellite up close, in an interactive exhibition that is definitely… light years away, heading for the Worlds of Tomorrow! As SpaceDot team says:… if it’s not fun why bother?Reginald “Reggie” Fils Aimé  October 21-22-23, 2022, Athens Technopolis. *The project is implemented with the support of the Educational Office of the European Space Agency.