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Deposition of extreme-tolerant bacterial strains isolated during different phases of Phoenix spacecraft assembly in a public culture collection
- Venkateswaran, Kasthuri, Vaishampayan, Parag, Benardini III, James N., Rooney, Alejandro P., Spry, J. Andy
- Astrobiology 2014 v.14 no.1 pp. 24
- Agricultural Research Service, bacteria, biological resistance, scientists, space flight, strains, Illinois
- Extreme-tolerant bacteria (82 strains; 67 species) isolated during various assembly phases of the Phoenix spacecraft were permanently archived within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service Culture Collection in Peoria, Illinois. This represents the first microbial collection of spacecraft associated surfaces within the United States to be deposited into a freely available, government-funded culture collection. Archiving extreme-tolerant microorganisms from NASA mission(s) will provide opportunities for scientists who are involved in exploring microbes that can tolerate extreme conditions. Key Words: Acidophile—Alkaliphile—Extremophiles—Planetary protection—Mission.