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Presented on ZOOM 8th November at 7pm
ABOUT THE LECTURE:
Microorganisms are everywhere on Earth’s biosphere, from extremely hot volcanic springs to our own human body. These tiny fellows will necessarily follow us as we explore Space. This is important, because they will be crucial to our survival beyond Earth, as they play many important roles here.
In this talk, we will explore how this could be achieved. Rosa will bring as an example two experiments that we performed onboard the International Space Station (BioRock and BioAsteroid), which allowed us to learn more about how microorganisms could support humans in the establishment of space settlements.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Rosa Santomartino is a researcher in Space Microbiology and Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh (UK). She studies how microbes reacts and behave in space conditions, and how to use this knowledge to support human space exploration and its sustainability. During her research, she performed two biology experiments onboard the International Space Station: BioRock in 2019 and BioAsteroid in 2020/2021. The focus of her future research will be on waste recycling in space. During her research, she worked at NASA, Stanford University (California, US), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico). She currently collaborates with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
She has co-authored:
Space station biomining experiment demonstrates rare earth element extraction in microgravity and Mars gravity DOI
Nature Communications, 11,