Mystery as SEA PLANKTON found on surface of International Space Station1 min read

Experts are baffled how they got there, but claim a study shows that they can live in space despite lack of oxygen, zero gravity, extreme temperatures, and cosmic radiation.

“The results of the experiment are absolutely unique,” said the head of the Russian ISS orbital mission Vladimir Solovyev.

“We have found traces of sea plankton and microscopic particles on the illuminator surface. This should be studied further.”

Plankton in these stages of development could be found on the surface of the oceans

Vladimir Solovyev

The living organisms can not only exist, said a report by Itar-Tass news agency.

But, several surveys proved that these organisms can even develop in seemingly hostile conditions, it reported.

They were found on the surface of the space station using “high-precision equipment” and were apparently discovered during an operation to clean and polish the ISS.

“This is particularly needed during long space flights,” he said.

The news agency reported that Mr Solovyev was uncertain “how these microscopic particles could have appeared on the surface of the space station”, adding that the organisms were not typical for Baikanour in Kazakhstan, from where the space station lifted off.

“Plankton in these stages of development could be found on the surface of the oceans.

“This is not typical for Baikonur. It means that there are some uplifting air currents which reach the station and settle on its surface,” he was quoted as saying.

Source: Express

Sebastien Clarke
Sebastien Clarke

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