We're Sending Germs To Mars

What happens when living organisms are bombarded with cosmic radiation for years on end? We don't know, unless comic books are allowed into the discussion. But an upcoming mission will put earthling microbes in the crossfire en route to Mars.

The project, New Scientist reports, is meant to simulate the theory that human live is descended from alien microbes that bounced off some other planet. So we're shooting over some bugs of our own to the Martian moon Phobos. The microscopic passengers, launched by the non-profit Planetary Society of Pasadena, will be slammed with zero gravity and radiation for the entire three-year trip. Will they survive? Will they perish? Will they mutate, turning the craft around to Earth for revenge? Will they develop sexual tension? We'll find out — but in the meantime, let's hope the thing doesn't crash. Why? If the 10 germs get loose, it'll be nearly impossible to tell which came from Earth, and which are possibly native to Phobos, should we ever head there ourselves. So don't drop the petri dish. [New Scientist]


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    How freakin' awesome would it be if they somehow mutated and developed into their own thriving biomass on Phobos! Don't forget folks... the original DooM was (partially) set on this Martian moon...

    so then when they mutate into something more recognisable as a society will we destroy them and say it was just an experiment? Or enslave them and make them our b*thces??

      Yep. If we're still here 50 million years later when that finally happens.

    Couldn't they encode the DNA with a patent?

    Scumbag Earth.

    Strict quarantine to prevent the unknown effects of foreign microbes.

    Send microbes to Phobos.

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