Microbes from Earth took a trip to our stratosphere, were placed in conditions similar to that of Mars, and some of them survived temporarily.

The point of the study, jointly carried out by NASA and German Aerospace Centre (DLR) scientists, was to see whether lifeforms from our planet are capable of surviving the Red Planet's harsh conditions.

As humans get closer to traveling to and potentially living on Mars, this type of experiment is crucial. On top of that, this study helps scientists understand the options they'll have of exploring environments in space.

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The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology on Monday.

How the experiment was carried out

The team tested the endurance of microorganisms that were launched inside its MARSBox (Microbes in Atmosphere for Radiation, Survival and Biological Outcomes experiment) payload using balloons that floated up into the stratosphere. The box maintained the Martian atmosphere throughout the mission.

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