Mold Spores Survived in Deep Space and Heavy Ion Irradiation

At the station "Mir" lived a huge number of microorganisms, most of all - fungi of the genus Penicillus (Penicillium

) and Candida. Penicilli Rhodotorula mucilaginosa and Aspergillus Aspergillus are most commonly found on the ISS.

It turned out that they not only cause corrosion of aluminum alloys on Earth, but also can cause infections in people with weakened immunity.

Scientists note that in case humanityis going to carry out the colonization of other planets, it is necessary to maximally clean the ships from fungi. Otherwise, judging by the fact that the mold can be in outer space, it can transfer to Mars and actively develop there.

Earlier, geomicrobiologists from the University of Cardiff in the UK found perhaps the most ancient traces of living organisms on Earth.