• Question: Is there any way of destroying the harmful bacteria which could potentially harm the astronauts up in space?

    Asked by Meriam.A to Steve, Shefali, Kevin, Katie, Floris, Delma on 14 Jan 2016.
    • Photo: Delma Childers

      Delma Childers answered on 14 Jan 2016:

      There is, and it involves the same methods we use on Earth: antibiotics for any infections and cleaning surfaces that can harbour microbes. The ISS is periodically monitored for microbes and astronauts will be instructed to clean particularly ‘messy’ areas.