October 27, 2015 News

Skin deep: news study of the ISS and Actinobacteria

Published in Microbiome, a new analysis of microorganisms living aboard the International Space Station has found an unusually high proportion of bacteria specifically found on human skin.

Published in Microbiome, a new analysis of microorganisms living aboard the International Space Station has found an unusually high proportion of bacteria specifically found on human skin.

As the journal Nautilus notes, the study is a good illustration of the consequences of using recycled and filtered air.

More human skin-based bacteria and two different kinds of pathogens were discovered in the ISS environment than cleanrooms based on Earth.

The study authors hope to contribute to a greater understanding of what it means to preserve astronaut health. This is especially important, considering humanity’s continued longing for Mars. By better understanding the environment of the ISS we can go on to ensure a safer, healthier environment for participants of any type of manned mission to the Red Planet.

Popular articles

Popular articles

ULA Atlas-V rocket moments after lift off on 22 March 2016. It launched the OrbitalATK Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Astronautics

National legislation provides incentives for private business

Lift-off of Rosetta by Ariane 5 in March 2004. Astronautics

Rosetta overcomes major setback

The ESA/Roscosmos Plasma Kristall-4 experiment is recreating atomic interactions on a scale not previously possible. Microscopic dust particles are injected into a neon and argon tube to act as atom substitutes. Special Reports

Plasma Crystals - from space research to medicine on Earth and back to space again