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Microbes survive 553 days in space


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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 11:24 PM

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A small English fishing village has produced an out-of-this-world discovery.
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    These are just everyday organisms that live on the coast in Beer in Devon and they can survive in space”

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Bacteria taken from cliffs at Beer on the South Coast have shown themselves to be hardy space travellers.

The bugs were put on the exterior of the space station to see how they would cope in the hostile conditions that exist above the Earth's atmosphere.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 01:31 PM

Quite interesting that these bacteria can survive in open space, lends credence to the panspermia theory.


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:47 PM

well didn't they do something similar with a fly or flies. and they managed to live a while out in space?

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:25 PM

i thought we already knew bacteria could live in space on a asteroid or comet? or was that all theory until now?

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:12 PM

View PostBamboo Samurai, on 24 August 2010 - 03:25 PM, said:

i thought we already knew bacteria could live in space on a asteroid or comet? or was that all theory until now?
That is still only hypothesis.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 01:20 PM

Wow, that's disturbing to know potential lethal variations of bacterias has the possibility to lie dormant and alive somewhere in or out of this Earth.

Imagine having the first man on Mars someday only to bring back a bacteria that got in contact with its space suit.  :ph34r:

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