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 microbe was first discovered and characterized in the “clean” rooms where spacecraft are assembled at JPL.
Fun fact: This salt-tolerant microbe has been sent into space before, but on a Russian mission that failed during launch.
Regular Season Stats
Time to saturation: 17 hrs
Time to exponential growth: 6 hrs
Growth density: 63%
Description: Gram-positive, spore -forming, aerobic, chemo-heterotrophic
Originally isolated from: MARS Odyssey Spacecraft and associated facilities at JPL (1999-2001)