I am constantly amazed at the how life can be found on any environment on earth, and can survive any conditions it meets.
A little six-legged creature called the water bear, tardigrades, show they can survive even the open harsh vacuum of space and deadly radiation.
Why take water bears along in space?
From an article on Foxnews:
“Jonsson suspects that even the water bears that got through the space trip without any trouble may in fact have incurred DNA damage, but that the animals managed to repair this damage. Figuring out how they did that could inform medical research.
“One problem with radiation therapy in treating cancer today is that healthy cells are also harmed,” he said. “If we can document and show that there are special molecules involved in DNA repair in multicellular animals like tardigrades, we might be able to further the development of radiation therapy.”
I would be shocked if life did not exist on another planet as there are millions of planets with conditions similar to earth. If life can survive space it can survive anywhere.
Do you believe there is life on other plants?
If you believe in God would finding life on another plant affect your religious beliefs?
If you don’t believe in God would confirmation that life only exits on Earth cause you to re-examine the possibility that God does exist?
More from the article:
“A tiny, six-legged critter that can suspend all biological activity in extreme environments survived a journey to space that would have instantly killed any human and most other life forms.
In the first test of its kind, researchers exposed the hardy segmented creatures, called water bears, to the open and harsh vacuum of space, with all its deadly radiation, on a spacecraft in low-Earth orbit. Many of them survived.
The water bears, known formally as tardigrades, have an ability similar to brine shrimp, also known as Sea Monkeys, which are familiar to many children for their ability to come to life after being sent to homes by mail-order.
Tardigrades are speck-sized things, less than 1.5 millimeters long. They’re in their own phylum but are thought to be most closely related to arthropods, which includes crustaceans, insects and spiders.
They live on wet lichens and mosses, but when their environment dries out, they just wait for a return of water. They also resist heat, cold and radiation.
The radiation resistance was most surprising to scientists.”