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Indestructible life

Duration: 04:51

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.

Available since: Tue 12 Jul 2011


Mark Halliley
Zam Baring
Series Producer
David McNab
James Younger
James Younger
Teresa Hunt

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The Planets Revisited Life: Black Holes

7/8 Could life exist elsewhere in the Solar System?

First broadcast: 06 Dec 2004

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