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Earth Microbes On The Moon

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September 2, 1998
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Space historians will recall that the journey to the stars has more than one life form on its passenger list: the names of a dozen Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon and one inadvertent stowaway, a common bacteria, Streptococcus mitis, the only known survivor of unprotected space travel. As NASA astronomers and biologists met recently to discuss biological limits to life on Earth, the question of how an Earth bacteria could survive in a vacuum without nutrients, water and radiation protection was less speculative than might first be imagined.

For a human, unprotected space travel is a short trip measured in seconds.


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NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center--Space Sciences Laboratory. "Earth Microbes On The Moon." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/09/980902055654.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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