Bacillus megaterium(3)

Bacillus megaterium(3)

Where we found it: On Mars Curiosity Rover before launch at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL-NASA, Pasadena, CA)

Why it's awesome: This is an important industrial organism, used for the production of penicillin, vitamins, various drugs, and numerous enzymes

Fun fact: The species name of this microbe means “big beast” and it is among the largest bacteria ever discovered

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 51 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 5 hrs

Growth density: 73%

Description: Gram-positive, rod-shaped, mainly aerobic, spore-forming

Originally isolated from: Germany in 1884