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  • RISE - raderdiertjes naar ruimte (2019)
    12 November '19

    The University of Namur and SCK CEN are sending Rotifers In SpacE (RISE Project): a world premiere

    This autumn, the University of Namur (UNamur) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) are sending a unique experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). A spatial enterprise strictly led by Belgian labs! As part of this research, hardware has been developed to keep rotifers alive autonomously, i.e. without any intervention from an astronaut. These rotifers have an extraordinary radioresistance.

  • Biorock SCK CEN (2019)
    06 August '19

    Moon farming: SCK CEN sends experiment into space

    On July 24, 50 years after the first moon landing, the SPACEX-18 rocket left the Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for the International Space Station (ISS). Within the rocket are basaltic rock and some bacteria. “With this experiment in flight, we will examine whether ‘local’ rocks (e.g. moon rocks) can be used to make biological life in space possible”, explains microbiologist Natalie Leys (SCK CEN). Will this experiment be our gateway to the ambitious moon village?

  • Bezoek Koning Filip - MYRRHA (2019)
    26 June '19

    His Majesty the King visits SCK CEN

    Today, His Majesty the King paid a working visit to the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) in Mol. The reason for this visit was the decision made by the government last year to build MYRRHA – a world first – in Belgium. “This new, unique research installation will attract young and dynamic scientists from all over the world”, says Hamid Aït Abderrahim, Deputy Director General at SCK CEN and Director of the MYRRHA Project.