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Microbes from Earth can survive on Mars for short duration

Date: 24 February 2021 Tags: Space
  • Some microbes found on Earth may temporarily survive on the surface of Mars, according to a study that could be vital for the success of future missions to the Red Planet.
  • The researchers from NASA and German Aerospace Centre tested the endurance of microorganisms to Martian conditions by launching them into stratosphere, the second major layer of Earth's atmosphere which closely represents key conditions on Mars.
  • The studypaves the way for understanding not only the threat of microbes to space missions, but also the opportunities for resource independence from Earth.
  • When searching for extra-terrestrial life, the scientists need to be sure that anything that they discover has not just travelled from the Earth.