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  • 25 March, 2021

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Bacteria found on International Space Station named after Indian scientist

4 species of bacteria have been discovered onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

About the Discovery:

  • One of the bacteria has been named after Indian biodiversity scientist Seyed Ajmal Khan (Methylobacterium ajmalii).
  • Four strains of bacteria belong to this family
  • These bacteria aid in plant growth.
  • While one strain was identified as Methylorubrum rhodesianum bacteria, the other three strains were previously undiscovered.

International Space Station (ISS)

  • It is a modular space station or a habitable artificial satellite.
  • It has been installed in low Earth orbit.
  • It is a multinational collaborative project that involves the participation of five space agencies namely, NASA from United States, Roscosmos from Russia, JAXA from Japan, ESA from Europe, and CSA from Canada.
  • The station is divided into two parts. The first part is the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) which is operated by Russia and the second part of United States Orbital Segment (USOS) which is run by the United States in association with other nations.

Source: TH


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