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Yes I am MELISSA [Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative]

MELISSA is a pilot project of the European Space Agency's Advanced Life Support group. It's just one of many projects that illustrate how far ahead of NASA they are in thought-leadership (for real, not just the buzzwordy kind of "thought-leadership" people talk about in marketing plans).

MELISSA is essentially a collection of sophisticated microbial bio-reactors -- it's intended to be a self-sustaining system, consuming waste and generating consumables. A part of the ecosystem of the space craft.

(Courtesy Bruce Sterling's Viridian Newsletter, wherein he points out that systems like this "ought to prove handy when all higher organisms are killed off by climate crisis."

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