A small stuffed owl blasted off to the International Space Station with a trio of space explorers Friday, catapulting it into our hearts at the same time. The little owl was a gift given to Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin by his daughter before launching on the Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft to the station. The three crewmembers -- Ovchinin, cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, and NASA's Jeff Williams -- hung the stuffed animal from the Soyuz to see when they enter weightlessness. Looks like they reached the correct... (puts on sunglasses) ..owltitude. The owl's floating in space, having the time of its tiny, stuffed life.
Living bacteria have been found on the outside of the International Space Station, and they may be extraterrestrial, according to one cosmonaut. Russian engineer Anton Shkaplerov said the microorganisms were not there at the launch of the ISS in 1998 and so likely'flew from somewhere in space'. The bacteria are now being taken back to Earth for further study after initial tests aboard the orbiting station showed they are harmless to humans. Living bacteria have been found on the outside of the International Space Station (file photo), and they may be extraterrestrial. A cosmonaut said the microorganisms were not there at the launch of the ISS in 1998 and so likely'flew from somewhere in space' Microorganisms that have reached space from Earth have been known to attach to the surface of the ISS.