Hold on to your Tang.
When the space shuttle Endeavor launched its 25th and final mission May 16, it was carrying something unusual within its cargo. Outliers will give you a hint … it has something to do with food poisoning and a deadly bacterial infection. Stumped?
As part of an ongoing partnership with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department, the shuttle's crew brought with them materials they plan to use to conduct experiments at the International Space Station. And those experiments may one day lead to vaccines for salmonella and “golden staph,” an antibiotic-resistant form of Staphylococcus aureus.