What astronaut diapers can teach us about the origins of life.
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Astronauts landed on the moon for the first time 50 years ago, and they left a bunch of stuff up there — including their poop. Scientists want to know: Is there anything alive in there?
Our poop is over 50 percent bacteria, and we don’t know if any of that bacteria can survive in the moon’s inhospitable environment. But if we go back to check it out, that poop could answer some big scientific questions — including how life started in the broader universe.
Brian’s full article on moon poop: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/3/22/18236125/apollo-moon-poop-mars-science
Here’s a full list of all the stuff astronauts have left on the moon: https://history.nasa.gov/FINAL%20Catalogue%20of%20Manmade%20Material%20on%20the%20Moon.pdf
A 2016 paper detailing the bacteria in our poop: https://bionumbers.hms.harvard.edu/bionumber.aspx?id=112998
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