• Question: How do you think the microbes are going to survive?

    Asked by Gea to Jenn on 11 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by Octotiger🐙🐯.
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      Jenn Wadsworth answered on 11 Mar 2016:

      Well, some of the bacteria samples also contain some martian-like soil. This could protect them a bit, but the chemicals in the soil could also be bad for them (I’ll investigate this once I start analysing them when they return to earth)! Some of the bacteria can form larger colonies and can generate a protective jelly-like structure around themselves, that might help shield them from the harmful radiation in space 🙂