Microbes have lived in the "Martian" conditions for three weeks
Germs can live in a variety of conditions, even those that at first glance is not very suitable for this purpose. Recently astrobiologists from a branch of the University of Arkansas, located in the US city Faettevil, finished an experiment in which empirically proved that some microorganisms could very well live on Mars.
"Micro-organisms called methanogens, go without oxygen and do not require photosynthesis, so, in theory, could adapt to the difficult conditions and the Red Planet" - Engadget writes with reference to the results of research.
Methanogens produce methane, methane on Mars, too, showed up, so it is likely that its presence - is also the case of microorganisms hands. Scientists have determined that UV light kills the Martian methanogens, but beneath the surface they surely something could get. In order to check everything, they started the experiment, in which the grown bacteria were placed in conditions as close to Mars. Weak died three days later, the most persistent managed to survive in the "Martian" tubes up to three weeks. The experiments were conducted for a year, and now, when it became known the results of research, there is a new hope that life on Mars is still there, albeit small. But even if not, it would be interesting to send it back with a new Mars probe.