NASA names newly discovered organism after APJ Abdul Kalam
In the incredible news for India, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has decided to name a newly discovered body after one of the oldest ancient Indian presidents APJ Abdul Kalam.
The new body, a type of bacteria found on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA’s premier Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is working on the interplanetary voyage. The researchers discovered this new bacterium, which they called kalamii Solibacillus in honor of the late president of India, in the filters of the ISS.
APJ Abdul Kalam, himself an eminent aerospace scientist, had trained at NASA in 1963. This was before setting up the first kneading facility to launch in India at Thumba in Kerala. According to the Hindu, the principal investigator in biotechnology and global projection group at JPL, Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran said:
ISS had the insect filter discovered on board for 40 months. The filter in which it was found is the anti-particulate with high efficiency filter (HEPA) and is part of the routine cleaning system in the ISS. The analysis was then performed on the filter in the JPL and the results were published only this year in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.
Venkateswaran mentions how bacteria and fungi coincide with station astronauts living and working at the ISS. He also said that even if bacteria has not been found on Earth, it can not be called an extraterrestrial life form. According to the Economic Times, he said,
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