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Recent experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have produced new and disturbing revelations about bacteria’s behavior outside of our atmosphere.
The prospect of long-term voyages away from our home planet looms on the horizon of human advancement. With that comes a host of considerations that could not only define our capabilities away from the comfort of our home planet but define our very survival.
International - Space - Station - Researchers - Look
Aboard the International Space Station, researchers are taking a hard look at the behavior of creatures that represent both our greatest symbiotic relationship and our most dangerous natural foe: Bacteria. University of Colorado Boulder’s Luis Zea, along with a team of fellow researchers, are among those leading the way toward a critical understanding of bacterial behavior in space.
To that end, Zea and his team sent samples of E. coli bacteria to the ISS for observation. We already know that bacteria are more difficult to kill in space but still lack a reason for that increased resilience. The common food poisoning bacteria was taken aboard the space station in order to directly compare its behavior with earthbound samples when faced with the antibiotic gentamicin sulfate. The experiment, according to Zea, was intended as “a systematic analysis of the changing physical appearance of the bacteria.”
Results - Difficulties - Astronauts - Space - Flights
The results suggest difficulties for astronauts in future long-distance space flights. In space, E. coli immediately shrunk in size by 73%, developed a...
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