Living Organisms Found on the Outside of the ISS

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Astronauts have made a rather surprising discovery this week. They discovered sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS).

The discovery was made as part of a major cleanup that is happening on the station’s windows. The station’s surface has become incredibly polluted over the years as a result of engine flare and general wear and tear.

Vladimir Solovyev, chief of the Russian ISS segment, has confirmed that tiny plankton has been discovered on the space station’s exterior. Solovyev said the finding is “absolutely unique”.

However, the validity of Solovyev’s claim is unclear, with NASA refusing to confirm the story. “As far as we’re concerned, we haven’t heard any official reports from our Roscosmos colleagues that they’ve found sea plankton,” NASA spokesperson Dan Huot told Space.com.

Nevertheless, that has not stopped theories of how the planktons got there from showing.

Solovyev stated there is no way the plankton might have come from the Baikonur Cosmodrone because plankton are typically found at the bottom of the ocean, “it means that there are some uplifting air currents which reach the station and settle on its surface.”

The only other explanation is that the plankton has been on the surface of the station since it was first launched into space in 1998. A theory NASA scientists have confirmed could be real possibility.

Dominique Byse | News Cult

 

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