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To be fair, samples of microbes were only sent up to Earth’s stratosphere. Not the real deal located 225 million kilometres away. NASA finds black mold fungus can survive on Mars — and it poses a threat to astronauts MARSBOx payload in the Earth's middle stratosphere (38 km altitude). The shutter is open exposing the top layer samples to UV radiation.NASA Many key characteristics of the environment at the Martian surface cannot be found or easily replicated at the surface of our planet. But, scientists believe that — above the Earth’s ozone layer — the middle stratosphere provides conditions that are remarkably similar.
originally posted by: MerkabaTribeEntity
a reply to: BrokenCircles
They're built in sterile clean rooms, it's impressive the lengths they go to to avoid contamination.
originally posted by: TXRabbit
Being a conspiracy board and all....who's to say it wasn't a fungus (or similar) that was a payload on the lander? An experiment to see if it would survive?
originally posted by: AgentAnderson
I never heard of that. Do you have some links or something?a reply to: TEOTWAWKIAIFF