A Russian astronaut claims to find live bacteria outside the International Space Station (ISS). According to cosmonauts, they (bacteria) may be in outer space.
Russian engineer Anton Shkaplerov said that the microorganism was not present at the launch of the ISS in 1998. Most likely, the bacteria came from somewhere in outer space. Currently, the bacteria are brought back to Earth for further study after initial tests on top of the space station show they are harmless to humans.
Shkaplerov told the Russian news agency TASS that the organism was discovered when cosmonauts took samples of the space station’s hull. They take samples from waste fuel storage and from other parts of the ISS.
“They are being studied so far, and apparently, they do not pose a danger,” said the Russian astronaut who will make his third trip to the ISS in December as part of the Expedition 54 crew.
He insisted, the bacteria found at the station, not harmful to humans. Microorganisms that have reached outer space from Earth, have previously been known to stick to the surface of the ISS.
Shkaplerov said the bacteria were previously taken to the space station by accident on tablet PCs, along with various materials placed over the ISS over long periods, to study material behavior in space.
He said the bacteria were also found surviving in a vacuum, once burned from the Earth’s surface by the ionosphere lift. The phenomenon of seeing material from the surface of the Earth is elevated in and out of the atmosphere by the magnetic forces of the Earth.
Bacteria have previously been found on the ISS during the Test experiments and the space station Biorisk. During this test, special bearings are installed in the hull of the station and left for several years to see how the material is affected by the conditions in outer space.
Experts already know that outer space affects bacteria in strange ways. A team from CU Boulder’s BioServe Space Technologies found earlier this year that some shapeshift bacterial cells in space survived a common drug attack that killed them on Earth.