60,000 Year Old Life Found in Crystals in Mexican Cave


From: The Scientist, February 21, 2017


NASA researchers found microbes in suspended animation within crystals in the Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico. According to the scientists, some of the microbes were around 60,000 years old. Despite being encased in minerals for so long, the scientists were actually able to reanimate many of them.


This ties back to the guest lecture on astrobiology. The researchers in this study mentioned that this is promising in its application for life in space. If microbes are able to survive encased in rock for thousands of years, its that much more likely that they could survive the harsh conditions of space.

Critical Analysis:

This article is by far the shortest one I read, but I found it to be one of the most interesting. Despite being brief, the little bit of information it does include is very fascinating. I would like to read more about this.


Has anything like this been found in minerals from space?