It is regular for spacewalkers to collect samples and materials from the outside of the station when they head to outer space. On one such occasion, a Scientist found a living bacteria from outer space and the samples have been taken to earth for further examination.
Anton Shkaplerov, a Russian cosmonaut who has served on board the space lab said bacteria found on the outside of the International Space station could be alien life.
Anton said the bacteria was not there during the launch of ISS and is under study in the earth. He also said “it seems, there is no danger ” and scientist will reveal the actual details in few weeks time.
“And now it turns out that somehow these swabs reveal bacteria that were absent during the launch of the ISS module. That is, they have come from outer space and settled along the external surface. They are being studied so far and it seems that they pose no danger,” the Russian astronaut said.
“Bacteria that had not been there during the launch of the ISS module were found on the swabs. So they have flown from somewhere in space and settled on the outside hull.”– he added.
Russian space agency Roscosmos has earlier reported in may that they found similar bacteria’s that could survive extreme temperatures ranging from – 150 to 150 Celsius.
“Experiments of various years have revealed fragments of Mycobacteria DNA – a marker of heterotrophic bacterial sea plankton in the Barents Sea; the DNA of extremophile bacteria of the genius Delftria; the DNA of bacteria closely related to those found in soil samples from the island of Madagascar; vegetative genomes; the DNA of certain species of Archaea and the DNA of fungus species Erythrobasidium and Cystobasidium,” — Roscosmos said in a statement.
There is also a possibility that these bacteria’s could have escaped but if the study finds these came from outer space then it would be one of the biggest breakthroughs in the history of science
Shkaplerov will now head of the space station’s new crew, and they are all set to take off to the world’s sole orbiter on December 17.