Bacillus pumilus (1)

Bacillus pumilus (1)

Where we found it: On a Mars Exploration Rover before launch (2004) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL-NASA, Pasadena, CA)

Why it's awesome: This common soil microbe has numerous antibacterial and antifungal properties that naturally help both plants and animals thrive

Fun fact: Strains of this microbe found at JPL are resistant to desiccation, UV radiation, and hydrogen peroxide… suggesting the possibility of surviving unprotected spaceflight

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 16 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 8 hrs

Growth density: 71%

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

Originally isolated from: Plant tissues (1901)