The important study paves the way to understanding the threat of microbes to space missions, and the opportunities for their independence from Earth and penetration into other planetary environments. According to the UAE website Al Ain.
Marta Philippa Curtisau, first author of the study, from the German Space Center, said: “We have successfully tested a new method for exposing bacteria and fungi to Martian-like conditions by using a scientific balloon to transport our experimental equipment to the stratosphere on Earth.“.
She added: “We found that some microbes, particularly black mold spores, managed to survive the flight, even when exposed to very high UV rays.”“.
The study relied on the release of microbes in the stratosphere inside a cargo called the Mars Fund (MARSBOx) With the aim of exposing microbes to the atmosphere of Mars.
The Mars Box carried two types of samples, the first was at its bottom with an additional cover to protect it from radiation, and that sample allows the researchers to separate the effects of radiation from other laboratory conditions, such as drought and temperature fluctuations during the flight.
As for the other samples, they were left unprotected and exposed to a thousand times the levels of UV rays that can cause sunburn on our skin. The importance of this study is that microorganisms are closely related to us; Our bodies, our food, our environment, so it’s impossible to exclude them from space travel.
Such an experience is useful to help us explore all the implications of space travel and how we can direct this knowledge towards amazing space discoveries.
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