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Microbes Survive 553 Days in Outer Space

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posted on Aug, 23 2010 @ 01:32 PM
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United Kingdom (AHN) - Small chunks of cliff rock containing bacteria taken from a small English fishing village of Beer in Devon, were exposed for 553 days to extreme ultraviolet light, cosmic rays and dramatic shifts in temperature when placed outside the European Space Agency’s (ESA) International Space Station launched in 2008.

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The experiment’s study leader, Dr Karen Olsson-Francis told BBC News: "It has been proposed that bacteria could be used in life-support systems to recycle everything.


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Apparently this has huge importance for the reality of having man living on the moon and mars, surely in the next 60 years this will be reality.

Exciting times ahead




posted on Aug, 23 2010 @ 02:01 PM
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I believe this to be quite an important discovery. One that has startling implications for science.

Microbes can survive in such an inhospitable environment, so surely it must be possible for them to survive on planets and other environments out in space. This for me has greatly increased the chances of relatively complex life evolving somewhere out there.

Nice find, Kiwifoot




[edit on 23-8-2010 by kiwifoot]



posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 06:42 AM
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Maybe they survived but wouldn't all that radiation induce some kind of genetic mutations?



posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 07:17 AM
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Originally posted by kiwifoot
Starred and flagged.

I believe this to be quite an important discovery. One that has startling implications for science.

Microbes can survive in such an inhospitable environment, so surely it must be possible for them to survive on planets and other environments out in space. This for me has greatly increased the chances of relatively complex life evolving somewhere out there.



Remember all those books from the 60s and 70s, suggesting we humans had been transported to this planet (in microbial form) on space debris ? There was even a book entitled 'We Come From Outer Space', although can't remember the authors

So yes, important scientific discover alright



posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 07:45 AM
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"We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden" - from woodstock, joni mitchell



posted on Sep, 12 2010 @ 04:57 AM
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Yep adds a lot of support to that theorey



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