Friday, November 6, 2009

Sci-Fri: Martian torture chamber

Popular Science magazine has a short but interesting article that details experiments in the basement of the German Center for Aeronautics and Space Research in Berlin in which earthly micro-organisms undergo tests in a chamber of Mars-like conditions. The air inside the hermetically sealed steel chamber consists of 95 percent carbon dioxide, some nitrogen, and traces of oxygen and argon. The temperature: –50˚F

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