. 24/7 Space News .
Researcher explores better use of microbes for space travel
by Staff Writers
Fort Lauderdale FL (SPX) Sep 25, 2019

illustration only

With the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program's first landing of humans on the moon, the eyes and hopes of the world turn skyward again.

The romantic notions of exploring and even colonizing space have been re-kindled, with the above and more recent movies such as The Martian and the fictional planting of potatoes. The ambitious spirit is further spurred by private space enterprises such as Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origins, and the idea that we may need a "Planet B", as our own planet's natural habitats become more stressed and the human population exponentially increases.

Jose Lopez, Ph.D., a professor at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, has now joined the movement with a peer reviewed scientific opinion article calling for a rational and systematic approach to future space colonization of Mars or other planets.

He and colleagues Raquel Peixoto and Alexandre Rosado from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro have just published the scientific opinion paper entitled "Space Colonization Beyond Earth with Microbes First" in the journal FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Lopez is a research scientist and claims microbes would be a better immediate investment to successfully colonize the red planet.

"Life as we know it cannot exist without beneficial microorganisms," he said.

"They are here on our planet and help define symbiotic associations - the living together of multiple organisms to create a greater whole. To survive on a barren (and as far as all voyages to date tell us) sterile planets, we will have to take beneficial microbes with us. This will take time to prepare, discern and we are not advocating a rush to inoculate, but only after rigorous, systematic research on earth."

Lopez and colleagues now assert that this rigorous microbial research agenda needs to be implemented for any future successful colonization of Mars. Moreover, microbes should probably supersede current ambitions to send people to Mars or other solar system locales, as they can condition or terraform places we may want to eventually colonize.

In the long run, the effort will save humanity money, can be life-sustaining and boost microbiological understanding

However, to determine the most useful microbes for space requires a lot more research here on earth. In the publication, the researchers encapsulate this idea into a potential research regime called PIP or "Proactive Inoculation Plan", which encompasses the screening of potential hardy microbial candidates, toxic or lethal genes, and describing mechanisms for the most productive symbiosis.

"Life on earth started with relatively simple microorganisms which have the capacity to adapt and evolve to extreme conditions, which defined earth's habitats in the ancient past," Lopez said.

"Cyanobacteria for example provided most of the oxygen we now breath more than two billion years ago. To the find the best microbial candidates, we will have to confer with many microbiologists and carry out research here on our home planet to find the optimal microbial species."

Research Report: "Space Colonization Beyond Earth with Microbes First"

Related Links
Nova Southeastern University
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

Roscosmos finds causes of hole in Soyuz MS-09, but won't disclose them
St. Petersburg (Sputnik) Sep 19, 2019
Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos found out the causes of a "hole" in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, but will not disclose the information, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said. "It was in the household compartment [of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft], it already burned down long ago when the ship was descending. We took all the samples. What happened is clear to us, but we won't tell you anything", Rogozin said at a meeting with the participants of a scientific youth conference. "We may have ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Russia to give cosmonauts guns to fend off animals on landing

Orion Test Article on the Move

Japanese, Russian rockets prepare to launch cargo and crew this week

Per Aspera Ad Astra

Last Soyuz-FG Carrier Rocket installed at Baikonur

ISRO's latest rocket science maths pains former officials

NASA joins last of five sections for Space Launch System rocket stage

SpaceX installs wings on Starship ahead of official update Saturday by Musk

Trump marks Mars as next target, Moon 'not so exciting'

Marvellous Mars from the North Pole to the Southern Highlands

Deadline closing for names to fly on NASA's next Mars rover

Drones probe dust devils to understand Mars's atmosphere

China's KZ-1A rocket launches two satellites

China's newly launched communication satellite suffers abnormality

China launches first private rocket capable of carrying satellites

Chinese scientists say goodbye to Tiangong-2

Australian Government commits to join NASA in Lunar exploration and beyond

First launch of UK's OneWeb satellites from Baikonur planned for Dec 19

Iridium and OneWeb to collaborate on a global satellite services offering

Winning bootcamp ideas at Phi-week

New global Space Safety Coalition established

Gem-like nanoparticles of precious metals shine as catalysts

MIT engineers develop 'blackest black' material to date

Mining industry seeks to polish tarnished reputation

Looking for alien lurkers

Researchers mix RNA and DNA to study how life's process began billions of years ago

Research redefines lower limit for planet size habitability

First Water Detected on Planet in the Habitable Zone

Huge Volcano on Jupiter's Moon Io Erupts on Regular Schedule

Stony-iron meteoroid caused August impact flash at Jupiter

Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts

ALMA shows what's inside Jupiter's storms

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.