Surviving in Space

November 7, 2013 3:35 PM

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Scientists have discovered a new rare microbe on Earth that not only survives on very little to eat, but may also hitch a ride into space. Now, they're looking at this microbe a bit more closely after finding it in two spacecraft clean rooms in Florida and South America.

Very few microbes live in spacecraft clean rooms. Yet microbiologists often do thorough surveys of bacteria and other microbes in these rooms. Why? It's important to know exactly what organisms may hitch a ride into space, which could inform future research targeted at extraterrestrial life. Not onl...

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