When it comes to deciding what microbes to bring with you to a space exploration journey, there is one little fellow that has been working hard to get chosen. Meet Anabaena cylindrica  – the Space Microbe that loves multitasking  – and it has its coloring pdf right here!

In the right context, this microbe can produce compounds that are essential for the human life such as organic matter, oxygen and nitrogen. It can be used to mine bio-essential elements from the surface of planets or meteorites, which makes it interesting from a scientific and economical point of view. And it doesn’t really complain about long-term storage and transportation! I guess this awesome microorganism might grow up to be every astronauts’ best friend!