Lichen Can Survive In Hostile Space Conditions

Humans are ill-equipped for traveling into outer space, but the same isn’t true for other earthly life forms. Should we send funguses to colonize our galaxy, before we go? Via Phenomenica:

In 2008 the European Space Agency sent a suitcase-sized experiment package to the International Space Station filled with organic compounds and living organisms to test their reaction to outer space.

When astronauts venture on a spacewalk, hours are spent preparing protective suits to survive the hostile conditions. However, no effort was made to protect the bacteria, seeds, lichen and algae attached to the outside of the space station.

The samples returned to Earth in 2009. Lichen have proven to be tough cookies – back on Earth, some species continue to grow normally. You can freeze it, thaw it, vacuum dry it and expose it to radiation, but lichen still survive.

Living organisms surviving in open space supports the idea of ‘panspermia’ — life spreading from one planet to another, or even between solar systems. It seems possible that organisms could colonize planets by hitching rides on asteroids.

15 Comments on "Lichen Can Survive In Hostile Space Conditions"

  1. Psilocybin 4 phosphoryloxy-NN (DMT) is the only Phosphotilated Indole known to exist in nature. Which is in stark contrast to our understanding of evolution on earth, leading to the theory it arrived on earth from space or that is survived a massive extinction wiping out all traces of its origin.

    • The only thing to get is money | Jun 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

      Or maybe the drug simply scrambles the normal chemistry of the human body producing all of these “visions”. The simple explanation is the most likely one. The “stoned ape” “theory” and this machine elves notion is pure bunk. The drug just fucks with the body nothing more to it

    • Machine Elves? I need to find some DMT.

    • Calypso_1 | Jul 1, 2012 at 1:42 am |

      Do you have any references for the CIA & Standford experiments.  I’ve heard that as well but can’t put my finger on where.

  2. Marklar_Prime | Jun 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

    Their ability to survive Obama however is doubtful. 

  3. Calypso_1 | Jul 1, 2012 at 9:51 am |

    I would surely hope that some experimentation with lichens is being planned for any long term mars habitation missions.  It seems an environment they should be able to handle with very little alteration. 

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