- According to a Russian cosmonaut, there are bacteria on the external parts of the International Space Station that did not originate from Earth.
- Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov believes the mystery organisms were not there when the ISS launched in 1998 and likely ‘flew from somewhere in space’, and eventually ended up on the outer parts of the Space Station.
- The bacteria possibly flew from somewhere else in space and settled on the outside hull.
Russian Cosmonauts may have made the first ‘alien contact’ as they have discovered evidence of ‘aliens’ after finding extraterrestrial bacteria on the hull of the International Space Station orbiting Earth.
According to reports, the bacteria was not present at the launch of the International Space Station, which means that it most likely came from outer space.
“Bacteria that had not been there during the launch of the ISS module were found on the swabs,” confirmed Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, who was part of a team of scientists aboard the orbiting station.
“That is, they came from somewhere in outer space and settled on the outside of the station,” he said in an interview with TASS.
According to Shkaplerov’s statement, the bacteria, which are being studied at the moment, “apparently do not represent any danger” to our planet and species.
However, I can’t help to think about the movie ‘Life’ after hearing of a discovery like this.
Astronauts collected samples from places of the ISS where fuel accumulated, and from ‘obscure’ parts of the station.
Shkaplerov said: And now it turns out that somehow these swabs reveal bacteria that were absent during the launch of the ISS module. That is, they have come from outer space and settled along the external surface. They are being studied so far and it seems that they pose no danger.
Such discoveries were made in the past on the International Space Station, but it was eventually shown that the bacteria originated from Earth, hitchhiking a trip to outer space on tablet PCs and other material s placed aboard the ISS for long periods to study the material’s behaviors in outer space.
However, the Russian cosmonaut states this is not the case with the newly found bacteria.
During the ISS ‘Test’ and ‘Biorisk’ experiments, special pads were placed on the station’s hull and left there for several years in order to see how space affects different types of materials.
Scientists already had figured out that space affects bacteria. Experts from CU Boulder’s BioServe Space Technologies found earlier that some bacterial cells have the ability to ‘shapeshift’ in space, and survive attacks from common medications that are used to kill them on Earth.
“We knew bacteria behave differently in space and that it takes higher concentrations of antibiotics to kill them, said BioServe Research Associate Luis Zea, lead study author. What’s new is that we conducted a systematic analysis of the changing physical appearance of the bacteria during the experiments.”