Re: Microbe Fossils-Mars

Brian D Williams (
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 11:44:26 -0700 (PDT)

Davin C Engil

> Spores *do* have a long survival. Some one on the list found
>data that spores survived with out count reduction in viability on
>the Moon. The spores were recovered by a manned space mission, I

I was that poster, here is the relevant part:

>From 01/02/97

>Apollo 12 visited the landing site of Surveyor 3, and numerous
>parts of the spacecraft were returned to earth. As I recall inside
>a camera lens a spore was found that when placed in a suitable
>growing media was once again viable.

>The NASA report on the returned materials is NASA SP-284, which is
>unfortunately not available on the WWW.