Bacteria Found On International Space Station That Probably Isn't From Earth

Shkaplerov told the Russian news agency TASS that cosmonauts collected the bacteria by swabbing the outside of the space station during space walks years ago.

According to the report, the microorganisms were discovered on the surface of the ISS during routine swab tests of the space station's hull. Scientists took swabs particularly from places where fuel wastes were discharged while the engines were operating and obscure places.

"So they have flew from somewhere in space and settled on the outside hull". I reached out to the on-earth offices of NASA's space station program for more information and will update this post when I hear back. The cosmonaut added that the samples are now being studied and seem to be safe.

But lately, researchers have been spending time and money to disprove this and search for signs of living organisms on other planets, or as we like to refer to them, alien-life.

Shklaperov also said that bacteria from within the station were found on the exterior - surviving in near-vacuum, and with temperatures going from -150C up to 150C.

It's hard to believe that the Earth is the only planet with life in this vast, never-ending and always expanding universe.

While Shkaplerov sounds convinced that these bacteria came from outer space, it's probably worthwhile remain skeptical about the true origin of these micro-organisms.

The bacteria were brought to the space station accidentally on tablet PCs together with various materials that are placed aboard the ISS for long periods to study the materials' behavior in outer space.

We are now waiting with bated breath for the final verdict regarding the bacteria found on the space station.

Because even if extraterrestrial life doesn't mean little green or grey men - this time - this bacteria would open up the doors to whatever else might be lying - or floating - out there in space. Such bacteria can hitch a ride from Earth and cling to the surface of the ISS, Russian scientists said in May.



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