Why Synthetic Biology Could Be the Key to Space Travel

November 7, 2014 10:13 PM

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Don't pack everything you need for a space mission. Just pack enough bacterial to build things for you.

Here’s one reason why space missions are so expensive: For every pound of payload launched into space, you’ve got to launch another 99 pounds, mostly in the form of fuel. As a result, it can cost $10,000 to put a pound of payload into Earth orbit.

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