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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Lichen in Space 

Lichen placed on the outside of a European space craft in May seem to have survived in the vacuum. If these photosynthetic characters could be seeded on other planets like, say, Venus or Mars, they could (given a few millennia, probably) help terraform either one. Also, if lichen can survive in space, it does bode well for the panspermia/exogenesis hypotheses.

I find this fabulously exciting, but as there is no actual citation in the article, I have no idea how valid the results in fact are. Still, the idea is all sexy and stuff.

(Hat tip to former füdite WRC for this one.)

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