It's a microbial world
It’s official, no place on Earth is sterile.  Why do I say that?  Because the clean labs at NASA and the ESA, some of the places that undergo the most sterilization, have been found to harbor a new genus of bacteria.  Sterilization of equipment that will go into space and potentially look for life elsewhere is key to making sure we get the science right; wouldn’t want to “discover” life that we brought to Mars, now, would we?  So the NASA and ESA clean rooms undergo extensive sterilization, but microbial life still finds a way (isn’t that always the case!?).  This new genus, Tersicoccus must be good at surviving sterilization and low nutrients, because it was found in 2 cleanrooms that are thousands of miles apart!
Original research article:
Description of Tersicoccus phoenicis gen. nov., sp. nov. isolated from spacecraft assembly clean room environments, 2013, Vaishampayan et al.

It’s official, no place on Earth is sterile.  Why do I say that?  Because the clean labs at NASA and the ESA, some of the places that undergo the most sterilization, have been found to harbor a new genus of bacteria.  Sterilization of equipment that will go into space and potentially look for life elsewhere is key to making sure we get the science right; wouldn’t want to “discover” life that we brought to Mars, now, would we?  So the NASA and ESA clean rooms undergo extensive sterilization, but microbial life still finds a way (isn’t that always the case!?).  This new genus, Tersicoccus must be good at surviving sterilization and low nutrients, because it was found in 2 cleanrooms that are thousands of miles apart!

Original research article:

Description of Tersicoccus phoenicis gen. nov., sp. nov. isolated from spacecraft assembly clean room environments, 2013, Vaishampayan et al.

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