Innovations for space have benefits on Earth
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA describes how innovations for space exploration can also be very useful back on Earth.
For example, the optimal temperature for wine storage is also the optimal temperature for the growth of mold and bacteria, which presents a major challenge for winemakers.
When astronauts began to experiment with growing their own food on the International Space Station, the food was emitting a natural gas called ethylene that destroyed the plants.
To address this problem, experts at the University of Wisconsin created an ethylene removal system that was capable of removing anything organic from the air, including mold.
This technology led to the development of air purification systems that were ideal for use in the wine industry to eliminate mold in storage spaces.
Video Credit: NASA