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Bacteria Grown in Space Is Thicker and Stronger Than on Earth

When/if humans ever colonize Mars, or any other far off planet in the future, we’ll have to put up with super powered mutant bacteria, according to new NASA research. The data was collected by astronaut crews aboard the Atlantis shuttle, who grew colonies of bacteria—also known as biofilms—for the purpose of research. What they found is that during spaceflight, some bacteria had grown stronger, thicker and more super powered than they would have on Earth.

“The space-grown communities of bacteria, called biofilms, formed a ‘column-and-canopy’ structure not previously observed on Earth,” NASA said. Basically, the biofilms grew a greater number of live cells, which made them stronger compared to more controlled biofilms grown under normal gravity conditions.

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