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Searching for signs of life on Mount Everest could provide a window into the extreme environments that organisms might inhabit elsewhere in the universe.
In collaboration with scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, Parazynski has planned a series of experiments to conduct on the mountain to hunt for signs of extreme life, called extremophiles. For instance, he hopes to find lichen, algae and bacteria on the rocks at the tallest mountain in the world.