Russian Scientists to Study If Space Suits Can Bring Microbes Into ISS From Exterior
Sputnik / A. SverdlovTech11:45 GMT 23.03.2020Get short URL
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian scientists intend to study whether cosmonauts during a space walk could pick up microorganisms on their space suits and bring them into the International Space Station (ISS), a department head of the Institute for Biological and Medical Issues of the Russian Academy of Sciences said in an interview.
According to the scientist, the ISS’ outer hull is home to various microorganisms that could have come from Earth’s atmosphere, including spores of microorganisms living in the soil.
One should not rule out that a saprophyte can change its behaviour in the absence of habitual food sources, Ilyin explained.