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Nanobacteria are alive on Earth as well as Mars
Author(s): Robert L. Folk; F. Leo Lynch
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Paper Abstract

Nannobacteria are minute spherical to worm-shaped cells (diameter 0.03 to 0.2 micrometers ) that participate in the formation of carbonates, clays, and other minerals on Earth. The supposed nannobacterial objects found by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the Martian meteorite can be exactly duplicated as to morphology and size by earthly examples. Grapelike colonies of 0.05-micrometers carbon balls in the Allende meteorite also resemble nannobacterial colonies in south Italian volcanic clays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 1997
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3111, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for the Investigation of Extraterrestrial Microorganisms, (11 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.278795
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Robert L. Folk, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
F. Leo Lynch, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3111:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for the Investigation of Extraterrestrial Microorganisms
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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