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About 100 species of microorganisms living on ISS, eroding spacecraft

ANI  |  Moscow [Russia] 

About 100 species of various microorganisms live aboard the (ISS), degrading plastic and the is made from and endangering the crew's health, Valery Bogomolov, for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said.

"Three people are working at the station now, the next crew will replace them, but there are living beings who live there permanently -- microorganisms. Currently, there are about 100 species of microorganisms, fungi on the ISS that not only live and change there, being considered by us a hazard for astronauts, but they also degrade plastic and the station is made from," he said.

Last week, experts from the Multilateral Medical Operations Panel (MMOP ISS), the (MSMB ISS), and the (MMPB ISS) held meetings in the in to discuss human immunisation from infections and ensuring microbiological safety of ISS crews. They reviewed the current and future aspects of medical support for the health of the ISS crews, and discussed the implementation of biomedical research.

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First Published: Wed, October 24 2018. 21:00 IST