A team of Indian and American scientists working closely with the US Space Agency NASA (NASA) has discovered a tiny organism at the International Space Station (ISS).
Washington, The team of Indian and American scientists working in conjunction with the US Space Agency NASA has discovered a tiny organism at the International Space Station (ISS). This organism is none other than the bacteria living on different surfaces, whose four new strains have been discovered. The world was unaware of the three new strains of this bacterium to date. Scientists are also surprised to find four new strains of bacteria at this isolated place thousands of kilometers away from the earth.
These bacteria were found at different places in ISS
These microbes were first identified in 2015 and 2016. One of these was found on the overhead panel of the International Space Station Research Station. The second was discovered in the top-most raised structure, observation, and work area of the ISS. Its third strain was discovered at the dining table in the space station. Whereas, its fourth strain was found in the old HEPA air filter.
These bacteria are related to soil and freshwater
It is reported that all four strains of this bacteria belong to the family of bacteria found in soil and freshwater. These bacteria are involved in nitrogen fixation and plant growth and can help fight bacteria causing plant diseases. Especially if you are growing things, these bacteria can help.
How to get to the space station?
Now scientists are wondering what these soil bacteria are doing at the International Space Station. The scientists living here consume a very small amount of food. In such a situation, it is a mystery that how did the bacteria living in these plants come here? And if they come then how are they alive? Scientists have genetically discovered that three of them belong to an unknown species of bacteria.
These three bacteria are named IF7SW-B2T, IIF1SW-B5, and IIF4SW-B5. Whereas, its fourth strain which was found in the old Hepa filter is related to a known microbial species named Methylorubrum Rhodesianum.