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Scientists studying bacteria found on International Space Station to find out where it came from, says cosmonaut

The Independent - Tech

Bacteria found on the outside of the International Space station could be alien life, according to a cosmonaut who has visited the satellite.


Have cosmonauts found alien life on the ISS?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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.


No, aliens aren't lurking on the International Space Station

New Scientist

Unexplained bacteria have been found on the outer hull of the International Space Station (ISS), according to Russian Anton Shkaplerov. The cosmonaut, who has spent a year in orbit across two missions and is about to embark on a third, says they were found in swabs taken of the station's exterior.