NASA Scientist Names Bacteria After Former Indian President and Scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. NASA scientists pay tribute to former Indian president and scientists Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam by naming a bacteria after him.
“I am reasonably sure it has hitch-hiked to the space station on board some cargo and then survived the hostile conditions of space,” Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran explained.
They named it Solibacillus kalamii in honor of the scientist and late Indian president.
It is still surprising to find fungi and bacteria in the space station that orbits the Earth from 400 kilometers above.
The bug was apparently caught from the space station by a filter that was onboard the ISS for 40 months.
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A new radiation-resistant bacteria found on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) has been named ‘Solibacillus kalamii’ to honour the late Indian President, Dr Abdul Kalam.
Dr Kalam was a renowned missile and space scientist and took his initial lessons in rocket technology at NASA in 1963 before India’s first rocket-launching facility was set up in Thumba in Kerala.
Dr. Venkateswaran, who discovered it as a new space-bound species, published his discovery in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.
Dr. Venkateswaran is the Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and supports Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group.
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NASA Names New Space Bacteria on ISS After Dr. Abdul Kalam
as declared in Naming the new microbe after Dr Kalam was natural to Dr Venkateswaran and his team.
“Being a fellow Tamilian, I am aware of the huge contributions by Dr Kalam,” said Dr Kasthuri Venkateswaran, senior research scientist, Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group at JPL, as quoted by The Hindu.
The organism is a form of bacteria, that has been found nowhere on earth.
Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the foremost lab for work on interplanetary travel, found this bacteria on the filters of the ISS.
The ISS is said to be home to many such organisms, and this filter on which the new bacteria was found on a filter called a high-efficiency particulate arrestance filter or HEPA filter.
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