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Scientists Found Loads of Bacteria and Fungi on the ISS

By Popular Mechanics

The International Space Station is home to all kinds of potentially dangerous bacteria, but scientists are unsure whether they still pose a threat in 0gRead full story

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  • Interesting but not surprising for this lab tech. People contaminate everything and most of us speed through washing our hands so the spread of germs anywhere including outside of Earth is inevitable.

    If NASA wasn’t expecting this to eventually happen, the universe is probably doomed by our contamination.

  • 1- I have read elsewhere that they were able to established that these germs were brought by the successive occupants of the ISS. Ref: https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-smorgasbord-of-bacteria-and-fungi-on-board-the-iss

    2- It has been demonstrated that the stress felt in space takes a toll on the

    1- I have read elsewhere that they were able to established that these germs were brought by the successive occupants of the ISS. Ref: https://www.sciencealert.com/there-s-a-smorgasbord-of-bacteria-and-fungi-on-board-the-iss

    2- It has been demonstrated that the stress felt in space takes a toll on the immune system in space (leading for example to reactivation of viruses). So having all these pathogens around is very concerning.

    3- They should really try clean up...

  • Although interesting intellectually, this is horrifying in the sense that we have created a science fiction nightmare. We are bringing bacteria and fungi into space, letting them breed in a different environment, potentially adapting and evolving in ways that we can no longer control, especially if they re-enter earth.

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  • Mir also had contamination. Sounds like this was a probable event. Hopefully the crew was prepared.

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