Bugs in space: No, the ISS isn't 'brimming' with bacteria
Several reports recently suggested that the International Space Station was straight up packed full of bugs – but here are the facts. A study was done using samples from 8 locations throughout the ISS over the course of 14 months. This study was conducted largely because of the “upcoming new era of human expansion in the universe, such as future space travel to Mars” by recommendation of the National Research Council Decadal Survey.
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