Indestructible life

The Apollo 12 astronauts located Surveyor 3, a 1967 unmanned Moon probe, and returned a piece of it to Earth. Scientists wanted to know what effect 33 months on the Moon had had on the probe. Inside the spacecraft's camera they found droplets from a sneeze accidentally sealed into the instrument by one of its builders. The bacteria in the droplets "came back to life" once they were returned to the right conditions. This showed how hardy life can be.

Release date: 11 Jul 2011

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Role Contributor
NarratorMark Halliley
NarratorZam Baring
Series ProducerDavid McNab
DirectorJames Younger
ProducerJames Younger
ProducerTeresa Hunt

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