Can you make a wooden satellite?

Would the wood work?

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They will be exposed to the large temperature range of space, cosmic radiation, and, probably most importantly, atomic oxygen. Ultraviolet light from the Sun breaks up oxygen molecules in our atmosphere, creating independent oxygen atoms in the low Earth orbit environment. These atoms are highly reactive (which, to be fair, is in part why we breathe oxygen) and can corrode equipment in space. It’s not clear how wood will react to it over time, which is why the tests are being done.

The experiment is expected to run for about six months, and then the panel will be returned to Earth for study. The big question is pretty much what you’d think: How well does wood hold up to the extreme conditions of space? Does its structure change, or its mechanical strength?

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