Could Electricity-Producing Bacteria Help Power Future Space Missions?

Humans aren’t the only ones who have harnessed the power of electricity. Some bacteria produce wire-like structures that extend from their surface, and NASA scientists are exploring this phenomenon to see if they can make use of these special microbes to perform essential functions on future space missions.

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Will We Know Life When We See It? NASA-led Group Takes Stock of the Science

In the last decade we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy. The next step will involve asking even bigger questions. Could some of these planets host life? And if so, will we be able to recognize life elsewhere if we see it?

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