This article was first published by The Times of Israel and is re-posted with permission.
An Israeli hospital is preparing to launch 20 million bacteria into space in order to carry out an experiment that it says will prepare for the medical needs of space tourism, and advance research to combat the “global health threat” of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
As soon as the weather clears over The Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, a small chip containing E. coli bacteria will blast off on the Arianespace company’s Flight VV16.
It had been originally due to launch Friday morning, but was delayed due to bad weather. A satellite containing the experiment will leave the rocket and orbit Earth.
To read the full article, click here.