#Scientists confirm the discovery of microbes in a Mexican cave. #Penelope Boston of #NASA's Astrobiology Institute claims that these strange microorganisms are present in the mines for around 60,000 years. These microbes depend on a diet of manganese and copper oxide. They are active, and quickly grow in size and number.
Weird microbes are trapped in giant underground crystals
The weird microorganisms are new to scientists, and may have lived up to 60,000 years.
Now scientists are trying to discover new microbes in other Mexican caves. The discovery will help to understand if life is possible in the harsh environments or not. For years, these microorganisms have lived in isolated places, so scientists claim that they can survive in all types of environments. The microorganisms have raised various concerns about the existence of living things on other planets of our solar system. Also, Penelope's team will soon send a spacecraft to collect samples from Mars. NASA experts claim that this could be a hint for alien life because if such microbes exist on other planets, then aliens will also be present somewhere.
Life on Mars
For years, scientists are trying to find out if life is possible on Mars. Penelope Boston from the Astrobiology Institute has confirmed that now their next mission is to discover similar microbes on Mars. It means if living things can survive in the extreme toughness of Earth, then life will also be present on Mars.
The microbes are adapted to survive in the harsh environments of caves. Boston has collected the samples from the crystals, and is trying to find out the characteristics of these weird creatures. She has some high expectations as her team is working hard. They will also examine the samples of other Mexican caves. She has revealed that the organisms are genetically unique in comparison to everything else on Earth.
Boston has said that soon she will publish the work in a journal. Soon her team will verify the results. Hopefully, scientists will discover more ancient microbes in glaciers, salt crystals, and the icebergs of Mars.