NASA says the International Space Station is covered in bacteria

NASA says the International Space Station is covered in bacteria

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Swabbing for microbes in space

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Swabbing for microbes in space

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There are currently six astronauts on board the International Space Station, but they are not alone. NASA has created a comprehensive catalogue of all the microbes on the space station, and found it is teeming with non-human life.

The agency hopes this knowledge will help it develop safety precautions for future long-term space travel, such as sending humans to Mars.

Microbes thrive on the ISS thanks to its unique combination of microgravity, radiation and tightly confined living space. A lack of competition from microbes normally found on the ground also …

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2198915-nasa-says-the-international-space-station-is-covered-in-bacteria/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=space


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