The International Space Station (ISS) has recently been the subject of an extremely surprising discovery: samples taken from its surface have revealed the presence of microscopic sea planktons. Now, the question is how did these organisms get there, and how were they able to survive the drastic conditions?
Researchers have examined samples taken from illuminators and the International Space Station (ISS) which led to an amazing discovery; what was suspected for long has finally been confirmed: life can exist on the surface of the ISS. Traces of sea plankton have been found when the samples were put under the microscope.
In spite of conditions of zero gravity, extreme temperatures, hard cosmic radiation, those organisms have been able to survive on the ISS. Many surveys have also been conducted showing that the sea planktons are able to develop as well – microorganisms on the surface of the ISS which is found in out-of-this-world conditions are able to sustain life.
Sensitive and sophisticated equipment have been used to detect the microscopic organisms on the illuminator, which makes of these results absolutely unique in their nature.
The chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission, Vladimir Solovyev, thereafter stated that more indepth studies should now be done to answer further questions. For instance, how did the microscopic sea planktons find their way to the surface of the space station? How come the ISS surface is contaminated? The Russian expert explained that the ISS surface has been polluted because of the operation of the space engines and other factors are involved. They are now working towards rectifying the situation.