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Michael Crichton would have loved this: Bacteria common to spacecraft may be able to survive the harsh environs of Mars long enough to inadvertently contaminate the Red Planet with terrestrial life, “If long-term microbial survival is possible on Mars, then past and future explorations of Mars may provide the microbial inoculum for seeding Mars with terrestrial life,” according to researchers from the University of Central Florida. “Thus, a diversity of microbial species should be studied to characterize their potential for long term survival on Mars.” Off the record, many astrobiologists believe that we’ve already contaminated the planet. -The Daily Galaxy
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an accidental microbial infestation.
Journaling Prompt: Write about space travel – do you dream about it? fear it?
Art Prompt: Microbes on Mars
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the human history of transporting microbes as they travel.
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