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August 22, 2014 - 8:44 am

ISS

Huh:

There are a lot of things in space, but terrestrial sea plankton was not one of them –at least, so we thought. Yet traces of the microorganisms were found on the windows of the International Space Station, as reported by Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency.

Experiments had previously shown that microorganisms such as bacteria are capable of surviving in space, and, further, propagating endospores — but sea plankton is certainly a new discovery, Vladimir Solovyev, chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission, told the news agency.

“The results of this experiment are absolutely unique,” he said. “We have found traces of sea plankton and microscopic particles on the illuminator [window] surface. This should be studied further.”

Life, as Dr. Ian Malcolm says, finds a way.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Didn't the launch pads of some vehicles use a water deluge system, to minimize damage to the pad?

I certainly wouldn't expect them to use seawater, but it may not have been fully treated potable water either.
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First comes the plankton, then come the whales.
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OH GOD GET IT OFF THE SPACE STATION IT'S EATING ITS WAY IN AND NO ONE CAN HEAR ME SCREAM CUZ IT'S SPACE!!!!!
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That's algaeist.
17 weeks ago
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Algy saw the bear.
The bear saw Algy.
The bear was bulgy.
The bulge was Algy.
17 weeks ago
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H'm. Is it conceivable that the life form we call plankton drifted through space and into our ocean? It's hard to see how it got onto the windows from Earth, unless it's been there all along.
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>>It's hard to see how it got onto the windows from Earth, unless it's been there all along.

That was my thought as well. What becomes interesting is if is able to reproduce new life in that environment.
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I've seen one article suggesting that the plankton came up on a rising air current. The atmosphere thins out rather than disappearing, so I guess that's possible. Another article suggested the whole thing may be an error.
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Mrph. Where was the Space Shuttle being launched from? Oh, yes, right by the Atlantic ocean.

If this is from plankton suspended in air currents - it happened on the ground.
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Yep. Occam's Razor.

17 weeks ago
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The ISS has been underwater the whole time. Slight navigation error.
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I had some trouble on the land compass course but I did know the difference between being in orbit and being submerged...
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Yeah, Geoff, but you aren't a government employee.

;-)


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