posted on 01/28/2013 11:51:59 PM PST
"the researchers managed to collect thousands upon thousands of airborne microorganisms floating in the troposphere about 10 kilometers over the Caribbean, as well as the continental United States and the coast of California."
Ten km is about 35,000 feet, a comfortable cruising altitude for commercial aviation. It's not difficult to believe there are a lot of microorganisms floating around there.
posted on 01/29/2013 5:31:54 AM PST
(Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
I have always been curious whether microbes could survive and multiply in the atmospheres of planets such as Jupiter. If there is a zone where water can be liquid, I would bet that there is life there. Maybe just one celled, but life nonetheless.
There are bugs living in my nickel plating tanks that feed on hydrogen released by electrolysis. They would do just ducky in a hot spring on Mars.
posted on 01/29/2013 2:27:34 PM PST
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