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 for a few days. Living in space is nothing like living on Earth. Gravity is missing, radiation levels are higher and one could argue about the comfortable interior design. Being an indoor-closed... Continue Reading →

Seems like Chroococcidiopsis is the next Space Microbe, and it likes Mars!

Chroococcidiopsis is cyanobacterium, that survives several harsh environments, and has the potential to produce organic matter and oxygen, making it the perfect "girl" to take with you to Mars in the near future :p Download the coloring pdf here! Scientists have studied the growth of this microbe in the space environment, and it has flew aboard the... Continue Reading →

Space Microbes Coloring pdf: Aspergillus niger. What do you think?

Some weeks ago at a cafe in Porto, I was brainstorming on what to do while waiting for the PhD scholarship results. "It would be great if people could learn a bit more about microorganisms. What about a colour book with bacteria?" Well, after some long hours in adobe illustrator, I came up with the... Continue Reading →

About Space Microbiology

In the case you have no idea what Space Microbiology is, it studies microorganisms and their adaptation to Space. This is because, although Space is a very harsh environment (absurd levels of radiation, vacuum, microgravity, extreme temperatures, etc.), there are many microbes that survive in Space anyway! Microbes were even found aboard the International Space Station (ISS), and while... Continue Reading →

Hey! I’m Marta. Welcome to Space Microbes!

Hey! I’m Marta Cortesão, a Space Microbiology lover. I hope this website lets you know a bit more about Space Microbes and the research being done at the moment! I’m 23 and I’m from Porto, Portugal. In case you’re wondering how Portuguese names are, my full name is: Marta Filipa Barros Cortesão Rocha Fernandes.  I did my... Continue Reading →

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