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NASA honours Ex. President A P J Abdul Kalam by naming a new organism discovered on ISS after him


Kalam had his early training in 1963 at NASA before he set up India’s first rocket-launching facility in India.

APJ Abdul Kalam
APJ Abdul Kalam

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.

Naming this new microbe after Dr. Kalam was natural to Venkateswaran & his team. “Being a fellow Tamilian, I am aware of the huge contributions by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam,” he said.

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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