A St. Louis startup’s technology, designed to detect air quality problems on Earth, may also be headed into space.

Applied Particle Technology, based at the BioGenerator in the Central West End, recently won a $100,000 prize from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which is looking for ways to protect astronauts from airborne pollutants. The win could lead to a test of APT’s sensor on the International Space Station, and perhaps eventually to its use on manned missions to the moon or Mars.

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