Space Microbes

Space Microbiology and Astrobiology

An inside view of a space project

Today's space exploration goals are ever more similar to a Star Trek scenario: we are aiming far, to go where no one has gone before. But the longer the space missions, the most likely it is something goes wrong. To make... Continue Reading →

What happens when Filamentous Fungi colonize spacecrafts?

Today the International Space Station (ISS) is the main crewed, long-term habitable spacecraft. Over 200 astronauts have lived on the ISS, even if just has been for some days! Living in space is nothing like living on Earth. Gravity is missing, radiation... Continue Reading →

Why we explore Space

On the XVI century, bold sailors would go out to the unknown sea, facing storms, hunger and mysterious diseases. Kingdoms spent an outrageous amount of time, money and human resources to make their boats go faster and further. All of... Continue Reading →

Astromycology: I love it, Star Trek loves it, the whole world will love it!

Astromycology, the study of fungi in space, is the new trendy science as the new tv series of Start Trek: Discovery casted Anthony Rapp to play an officer who's speciality is - you guessed it: astromycology. Well, this is good news! Even if the... Continue Reading →

Starting your research from scratch – the story of two Fungi #spacemicrobes

Doing a PhD is, by definition, doing something new, and turns out I´m no different. In my thesis I will be working with two Fungi aka mould (yeah, the kind of mould you have on your bread or your walls)... Continue Reading →

First week of PhD – packing, house stuff and loooots of bureaucracy! #spacemicrobes

I did it. I am doing a PhD in Space Microbiology at the German Aerospace Center! It officially started on monday, 3rd of April 2017, but before that there was a whole sea of things to prepare, so I´m couting... Continue Reading →

Antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus is the next Space Microbe to have a coloring pdf!

The current world-wide problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria has taken microbiologists to study deeper and deeper the effects of Space in antibiotic efficacy and on microbial virulence. We know now that bacteria can become more pathogenic while in microgravity, putting astronauts'... Continue Reading →

The space radiation master is here with its coloring pdf: Deinococcus radiodurans! #spacemicrobes

Deinococcus radiodurans is a bacterium that survives extreme doses of radiation: UV, X-rays, Υ-rays, you name it. This guy can stand it all!  It took a while but here you go - you can download its coloring pdf! This #spacemicrobe is also considered a model... Continue Reading →

Fossils of the first microbes on Earth? Maybe. And they can be very similar to what we may find on Mars!

At first sight, the microfossils found in ~4.28 billion-year-old rocks in Quebec are no more than tiny filaments and tubes. But on a closer look they can be records of the first microbes on Earth, and this means life on... Continue Reading →

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