Cosmonauts Find Traces of Marine Life 205 Miles Up in the Sky

By: | September 22nd, 2014

The Russian news agency ITAR-TASS is claiming that traces of sea plankton have been discovered living on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). Russian cosmonauts on board the ISS, while taking samples from windows, reportedly discovered the living organisms.

During a spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts took samples from the exterior of the station for a routine analysis.

The results were quite astonishing!

Russian cosmonauts expected to find some contaminants, but were surprised to find signs of marine life outside of the ISS. The astronauts identified the organisms as sea plankton, which they think have originated from Earth.

Astronauts are shocked and are unable to explain how they managed to survive in freezing temperatures and zero gravity or how these organisms made it all the way up to the space station which is about 205 miles (330 kilometers) up in the sky.

Scientists just ruled out the option of spaceships taking the microorganisms there. The only feasible explanation is that atmospheric currents may be lifting these particles from the ocean all the way to the station.

So far, no other news group or any agency including NASA has been able to confirm the claims made by the Russians. We’ll have to wait to see what results they will come up with to solve this mystery.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. You can also find Nidhi on Google+.

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