Bacillus atrophaeus (2)

Bacillus atrophaeus (2)

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 hardy organism is commonly used to test the efficiency of biomedical sterilization procedures

Fun fact: During the 1960’s this organism was used in mock biowarfare simulations by the US military as a substitute for harmful bacteria

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 23 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 12 hrs

Growth density: 81%

Description: Gram-positive, rod-shaped, facultative anaerobe, motile

Originally isolated from: Soil in Colorado (1946)