Life on Mars: Can Bacteria Grow in Space?

Research involving scientists from the Australian National University have discovered that an organism on earth might be able to be used to supply oxygen in extreme conditions, such as on Mars, through their distinct photosynthesis process. It’s been discovered that this particularly tough bacteria, a type of cyanobacteria called Chroococcidiopsis is still able to photosynthesize where other organisms can’t, turning light into fuel and oxygen in very dark environments even without visible light. Emeritus Professor Elmars Krausz from the Australian National University joined us on the line to talk more about this new type of photosynthesis and what it could mean for our scientific future.

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