In space, water is too precious to waste on laundry. But extra clothes means extra weight – another big issue on the International Space Station.
Christina Morrison may have discovered a way for astronauts to launder without squander. The chemical engineering senior has been testing the application of silver and hydrogen peroxide – both known germ-fighters – on textiles, specifically socks.
Her research is funded by a NASA Space Grant and is the only NASA-sponsored university research project on this problem.