microbes

Why Earth’s Spores Could Survive A Trip to Mars

by Elizabeth Howell May 12, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Here’s a finding to give planetary protectionists pause: two species of spores mounted on the International Space Station’s hull a few years back showed a high survival rate after 18 months in space. Providing that they are shielded against solar radiation, […]

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In an Isolated, Ice-Covered Antarctic Lake Far Below Freezing, Life is Found

by Jason Major November 30, 2012

Lake Vida lies within one of Antarctica’s cold, arid McMurdo Dry Valleys (Photo: Desert Research Institute) Even inside an almost completely frozen lake within Antarctica’s inland dry valleys, in dark, salt-laden and sub-freezing water full of nitrous oxide, life thrives… offering a clue at what might one day be found in similar environments elsewhere in […]

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On The Hunt For High-Altitude Microorganisms

by Jason Major May 20, 2012

The United States Rocket Academy has announced an open call for entries in its High Altitude Astrobiology Challenge, a citizen science project that will attempt to collect samples of microbes that may be lurking in Earth’s atmosphere at the edge of space. Remove this ad Jason Major on Google+

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