Kocuria rosea

Kocuria rosea

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 is being studied for its ability to degrade feathers which would have applications in industrial waste management

Fun fact: This microbe is so commonly found on microbiology plates at UC Davis that the students have nicknamed it “Henry”

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 67 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 9 hrs

Growth density: 100%

Description: Gram-positive, coccoid, anaerobic

Originally isolated from: In Germany as “Micrococcus roseus” in 1889