Kalam had his early training in 1963 at NASA before he set up India’s first rocket-launching facility in India.
Great news for India, scientists at NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam.
The new organism – which is a form of a bacteria has been found only on the International Space Station (ISS) & hasn’t been found on earth ever.
Researchers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the foremost lab of NASA, for their work on inter-planetary travel, discovered this new bacteria on the filters of International Space Station (ISS) & named it “Solibacillus Kalamii” to honour the beloved late president, who was a highly renowned Aerospace Scientist.
Dr. Kalam had his early training at NASA in year 1963 before he set up India’s 1st rocket-launching facility in village of Thumba in Kerala.
The filter on which new bug was found remained on board the ISS for about 40 months, called a high-efficiency particulate arrestance filter or a HEPA filter, this part is the routine housekeeping & cleaning system on board the ISS.
This filter was later analysed at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) & only this year did Dr. Venkateswaran,the Senior Research Scientist at NASA publish his discovery in the International Journal of Systematic & Evolutionary Microbiology.
According to Venkateswaran, even as it orbits the earth some 400 kilometers above, the ISS is home to many types of fungi & bacteria which co-inhabit the station with the astronauts who live & work on the station.
Venkateswaran told that even though Solibacillus Kalamii has never been found on earth till date, it’s not really an extra-terrestrial life form.
New bacteria are usually named after the famous scientists.
Dr. Venkateswaran is part of a team which is asking the eternal question “are we alone in the universe?”
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