During the construction of NASA spacecraft, highly sterilized clean rooms are built and used in order to prevent any possible contamination that may stand in the way of search for life aboard the crafts. Extreme measures are taken in these “clean rooms.” They are kept extremely dry, are cleaned with a series of harsh chemicals and contain an environment with negative air pressure in efforts to further keep out any possible contaminants.

Almost no living organism can survive this series of ongoing sterilization procedures in these clean rooms, but after a much closer inspection by scientists it appears as though a new type of bacteria has been discovered, one that scientists had never been seen before.

At the moment little is known about Tersicoccus phoenicis, other than that the bacteria¬†can survive with absolutely no nutrients and has since been discovered in two of NASA’s clean rooms.

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