Bacteria from a sneeze was inadvertently sent to the Moon. When it returned to Earth, it came back to life. What does this mean for the possibility of life in the Universe?
- In 1969, Apollo 12 went to the Moon to retrieve pieces of the Surveyor III robotic trailblazer.
- When the Surveyor III was first assembled, an engineer had sneezed into it.
- When the Apollo 12 astronauts brought back pieces of the Surveyor III traces of bacteria were found.
- After three years without air, light, or water, bacteria was brought back to life in a lab.
Scientists always believed nothing could survive in the vacuum of space.
"All dressed up and no place to go."
But in 1969, Apollo 12 went on a mission to the Moon.
Locate robotic trailblazer, Surveyor III
All our ideas about life were about to change.
Pete Conrad, Commander, Apollo 12 – "One of the ...