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The ISS bug that could aid human colonisation of Mars.

IN MID-MARCH, NASA researchers announced that they’d found an unknown life-form hiding aboard the International Space Station. And they were cool with that.

In fact, for an organization known for a sophisticated public communications strategy—Mars rovers don’t write their own tweets, is what I’m saying—everyone was pretty quiet about this discovery.

Almost too quiet.

It’s true that the new life wasn’t, say, a xenomorphic alien with acid for blood. It was a novel species of bacteria, unknown on Earth but whose genes identified it as coming from a familiar terrestrial genus called Methylobacterium. Typically its members like to hang out amid the roots of plants, not on the walls of space stations. Still, you’d think a probably-not-but-maybe-evolved-in-space microbe would merit a little more freaking out. Yet here we are. Nobody was exactly surprised—and the reasons why could define the future of human space exploration.

As part of an ongoing research project into the microbial life of the ISS, astronauts onboard in 2015 and 2016 swabbed down various parts of the station and sent home the wipes they used. Over the next couple of years down here on Earth, a team of researchers headquartered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group isolated the microbes and sequenced their genes. One species, found on a HEPA filter in the station’s life-support system, was a garden-variety (literally!) Methylobacterium rhodesianum. But three samples—from a surface near the materials research rack, a wall near the “cupola” of windows, and the astronauts' dining table—were something new. The researchers running the project named it M. ajmalii. ...

https://www.wired.com/story/sneaky-new-bacteria-on-the-iss-could-build-a-future-on-mars/
 

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The ISS bug that could aid human colonisation of Mars.

IN MID-MARCH, NASA researchers announced that they’d found an unknown life-form hiding aboard the International Space Station. And they were cool with that.

In fact, for an organization known for a sophisticated public communications strategy—Mars rovers don’t write their own tweets, is what I’m saying—everyone was pretty quiet about this discovery.

Almost too quiet.

It’s true that the new life wasn’t, say, a xenomorphic alien with acid for blood. It was a novel species of bacteria, unknown on Earth but whose genes identified it as coming from a familiar terrestrial genus called Methylobacterium. Typically its members like to hang out amid the roots of plants, not on the walls of space stations. Still, you’d think a probably-not-but-maybe-evolved-in-space microbe would merit a little more freaking out. Yet here we are. Nobody was exactly surprised—and the reasons why could define the future of human space exploration.

As part of an ongoing research project into the microbial life of the ISS, astronauts onboard in 2015 and 2016 swabbed down various parts of the station and sent home the wipes they used. Over the next couple of years down here on Earth, a team of researchers headquartered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group isolated the microbes and sequenced their genes. One species, found on a HEPA filter in the station’s life-support system, was a garden-variety (literally!) Methylobacterium rhodesianum. But three samples—from a surface near the materials research rack, a wall near the “cupola” of windows, and the astronauts' dining table—were something new. The researchers running the project named it M. ajmalii. ...

https://www.wired.com/story/sneaky-new-bacteria-on-the-iss-could-build-a-future-on-mars/

Hmmm. I wonder if they've seen Life? Are they sure it's not Alien or a hybrid?

My review:

Life (2017): In Space no one can hear you throw up blood. Well they can actually and see the red globules float away. Set on the ISS, a probe from Mars returns with soil samples. Life is discovered, single cells which reanimate, they then coalesce and though still tiny attack a crew member and break out. Soon the creature grows from starfish size and shape to an ever bigger tentacled monster.

Tension is maintained throughout the film as the crew attempt to isolate and kill the creature. Echos of Alien as the astronauts are pursued through the satellite modules. Good Horror/SF which holds out the possibility of a sequel. 8/10.
 

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I am going down the “ rabbit hole” for a moment.

To me the International Space Station is a meet and greet place for humans and E.T.s.

Through out the years there has been many UFO stories with the ISS, and NASA usually cuts the live feed when it happens.

On August 20, 2020, Russian cosmonaut, Ivan Vagner, filed a report that UFOs were recorded while over Antarctica.

The U.S. ignored the report and Roscosmos did the same.

This became a non existent event.

Move on, these are not the droids !
 
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Baby squid to be launched to the space station.

"More than 100 baby squid and 5,000 microscopic animals are set to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday.

The creatures, along with other equipment for experiments, will head to the ISS aboard Space X's Falcon 9 rocket.
Its hoped that the experiments will be able to help scientists understand the effects of spaceflight.

The launch at 13:29 EDT (17:29 GMT) will be broadcast live by Nasa.

The 128 baby bobtail squid will be used as part of research into the effects of spaceflight on beneficial interactions between microbes and animals."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57339989
 

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Baby squid to be launched to the space station.

"More than 100 baby squid and 5,000 microscopic animals are set to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday.

The creatures, along with other equipment for experiments, will head to the ISS aboard Space X's Falcon 9 rocket.
Its hoped that the experiments will be able to help scientists understand the effects of spaceflight.

The launch at 13:29 EDT (17:29 GMT) will be broadcast live by Nasa.

The 128 baby bobtail squid will be used as part of research into the effects of spaceflight on beneficial interactions between microbes and animals."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57339989
It will be the ride of a lifetime for them.
 

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Baby squid to be launched to the space station.

"More than 100 baby squid and 5,000 microscopic animals are set to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday.

The creatures, along with other equipment for experiments, will head to the ISS aboard Space X's Falcon 9 rocket.
Its hoped that the experiments will be able to help scientists understand the effects of spaceflight.

The launch at 13:29 EDT (17:29 GMT) will be broadcast live by Nasa.

The 128 baby bobtail squid will be used as part of research into the effects of spaceflight on beneficial interactions between microbes and animals."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57339989
Haven't we seen this film? Did anybody take any notice?
 
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