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Space station. Photo by NASA

Water from Lake Superior took a trip to the International Space Station.

In July 2009, a vial of Lake Superior water rocketed into space with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. Payette, the mission's flight engineer, carried the water to space aboard the U.S. space shuttle Endeavor as a token acknowledging how the U.S. and Canada share this water. Anne Cotter, a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency's Mid-Continent Ecology Division in Duluth, Minnesota, provided the droplets of Lake Superior that left Earth's atmosphere. Vials of water from the other Laurentian Great Lakes took the trip to the International Space Station, too. The water returned to Earth and is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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By Sea Grant Staff
July 2014

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