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Bacteria Survive in NASA’s Clean Rooms by Eating Cleaning Products

Their abilities could make it harder to stop Earth microbes from contaminating other worlds.
Source: Gene Blevins / Reuters

Few places are as hard for microbes to infiltrate as in which assembles its spacecraft. Those drifting in through the air must run a gauntlet of filters. Those hitching a ride on employees find their paths barred by face masks and full-body hooded coveralls. Those that actually manage to land on a surface will find a world of famine and drought, devoid of water and nutrients. If they survive, most

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