These Microbes May Help Future Martians and Moon People Mine Metals

These Microbes May Help Future Martians And Moon People Mine Metals

The New York Times – Kenneth Chang

A microsope image of Sphingomonas desiccabilis growing on basalt.
Rosa Santomartino/University of Edinburgh

An experiment aboard the space station showed that bacteria were effective at extracting rare earth elements from rocks.

Microbes may be the friends of future colonists living off the land on the moon, Mars or elsewhere in the solar system and aiming to establish self-sufficient homes.

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