SETI [Fwd: [seti] Tough microbes survive space trip]


Robert Owen (rowen@technologist.com)
Tue, 05 Oct 1999 14:17:54 -0400


Larry Klaes wrote:

> From: Larry Klaes <lklaes@bbn.com>
>
> http://www.washingtonpost.com:80/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-10/04/081l-100499-idx.html
>
> To quote in part:
>
> On Sept. 23, 80 samples of the red and green Mexican microbes
> (species from the archaea genus Haloarcula and the bacteria
> genus Synechococcus) returned from the third in a series of
> flights into space as part of the European Space Agency's
> Biopan experiment.
>
> Evidence from the flights, launched on Russian Foton rockets,
> as well as extensive ground experiments, indicate that, indeed,
> the microbes are in a minuscule minority of known life forms
> capable of surviving prolonged exposure to the vacuum of space.
>
> Web sites on the Foton-12 mission:
>
> http://www.estec.esa.int/spaceflight/foton/index.html
>
> http://www.users.wineasy.se/svengrahn/histind/Foton/Foton.htm

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