Plants Will Allow Astronauts to Make Medicines in Space

CLARA RODRÍGUEZ FERNÁNDEZ | November 27, 2019

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Astronauts have been taking medicines with them on space missions since the beginning of space travel. The crew on the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the Moon carried antibiotics, painkillers, nasal sprays and sleeping pills among other medications. The International Space Station keeps a stock of drugs and equipment ready to deal with a dental emergency or an appendectomy. But with a trip to Mars on the horizon, it is starting to become evident that the way we produce drugs will not be suited for long-distance space missions.

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