The unknown bacterium discovered onboard the International Space Station (ISS) is an alien form of life or a simple bacterium on earth that would have been mutated to survive in space? This bacterium, called Solibacillus kalamii, is an unknown form of life on our planet.
The ISS astronauts have found it in a laboratory cleaning filter. Mutation or a new form of life? Researchers have announced that they discovered an unknown bacterium on Terra called Solibacillus kalamii in a filter of the Clearing System of the International Space Station, where French astronaut Thomas Pesquet is on duty.
This filter remained at ISS for more than three years, and the spore-forming bacteria co-starred with the ISS astronauts. As the researcher Kasthuri Venkateswaran explained “the name of the species is that of Dr. Abdul Kalam (former President of India who became famous for his work within the Space Research Organization) and the type of plant is Solibacillus, A bacterium that forms spores.” According to Kasthuri Venkateswaran and his team, this bacterium could help chemists protect themselves from the dangers of radiation.
Researchers are not convinced that it is a form of alien life. This bacterium could have arrived aboard the ISS on Earth and could have undergone a series of mutations to survive in space. ISS hosts many bacteria and fungi, but they are regularly monitored and cleaned so as not to endanger astronauts. The discovery of a foreign body at ISS is not a premiere. In February, scientists have revealed that green algae spent two years on board the ISS.