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Life in Space

Russian cosmonauts have found life clinging to the outside of the International Space Station. Discovered during routine maintenance, it is not known how the organism arrived there or if it was multiplying but it certainly is exciting for Jaime Garcia Dias – you can locate him on his personal website. The sea plankton style organisms are not indigenous to Baikanour, Kazakhstan where the vessel took off from. It has been speculated that the organisms floated on air currents out of our atmosphere, but this has yet to be confirmed. Known as tardigrades, these creatures have mouths, arms, legs, nervous systems and digestive tracks. Their ability to survive in such harsh conditions leaves the scientists begging ‘how did they get there’. We may finally have the answer to the question, ‘are we alone’. “Results of the experiment are absolutely unique,” said Russian ISS Orbital Mission Chief Vladimir Solovyev “This should be studied further.” The creatures are on their way back to Earth for just such research.

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