Panspermia means “seeds everywhere,” and the concept represents the idea that life on Earth may have been seeded by biological lifeforms from outer space. This long-controversial idea recently received some experimental support from a new study out of Japan.

These extremes of life were tested utilizing the International Space Station to examine how microbes might live in the extreme conditions of space.

“The origin of life on Earth is the biggest mystery of human beings. Scientists can have totally different points of view on the matter. Some think that life is very rare and happened only once in the Universe, while others think that life can happen on every suitable planet. If panspermia is possible, life must exist much more often than we previously thought” Dr. Akihiko Yamagishi, researcher at Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, explains.

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