Ohey the moon landing.

There has been a long-lived bit of Apollo moon landing folklore that now appears to be a dead-end affair: microbes on the moon.

The lunar mystery swirls around the Apollo 12 moon landing and the return to Earth by moonwalkers of a camera that was part of an early NASA robotic lander – the Surveyor 3 probe.

On Nov. 19, 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean made a precision landing on the lunar surface in Oceanus Procellarum, Latin for the Ocean of Storms. Their touchdown point was a mere 535 feet (163 meters) from the Surveyor 3 lander -- and an easy stroll to the hardware that had soft-landed on the lunar terrain years before, on April 20, 1967. [Video: Apollo 12 Visits Surveyor 3 Probe]

The Surveyor 3 camera was easy pickings and brought back to Earth under sterile conditions by the Apollo 12 crew. When scientists analyzed the parts in a clean room, they found evidence of microorganisms inside the camera.

In short, a small colony of common bacteria -- Streptococcus Mitis -- had stowed away on the device.

The astrobiological upshot as deduced from the unplanned experiment was that 50 to 100 of the microbes appeared to have survived launch, the harsh vacuum of space, three years of exposure to the moon's radiation environment, the lunar deep-freeze at an average temperature of minus 253 degrees Celsius, not to mention no access to nutrients, water or an energy source.


- All from source not my own damn words woopty doo.

Now we know and can stop asking mythbusters.
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TL;DR They found microbes that have survived on the moon under the worst possible conditions on the camera used for recording.

Read it all at:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20110506/sc_space/moonmicrobemysteryfinallysolved

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    OR you could have copy+pasted it to us ! you silly person.

    Then people would miss the important part if I pasted it all, not everyone wants to see an over sized post and look for the slightly bolded letters and read it, so I put the most important part and bolded the most important part in the most important part. I wanted to advertise it has been proved, everything else has to do with other things. Silly person.
    - chaosmaster May 6, 2011, 2:37 pm
    if the post would have been TL;DR then so is the yahoo post!

    HA see ya!
    - PwnzElite May 6, 2011, 2:39 pm
    Thats for those to lazy to read anything.
    And obviously if I post only part of it and it was still in the end TL;DR I would guess the original that is longer would also be TL;DR, so therefore I bolded the important stuff, and TL;DR for those to lazy to read even the bolded. And to add on, TL;DR meaning To long didn't read is an opinion and therefore only for those who thought it was to long.

    Mainly I added in what was important, gave them the original if they wanted the unimportant, and gave all to who are to lazy a short summary.

    Now nuff this, enjoy or don't enjoy the post.
    - chaosmaster May 6, 2011, 2:53 pm
    - PwnzElite May 6, 2011, 2:55 pm
    So it was a good idea to include the TL:DR
    - chaosmaster May 6, 2011, 3:51 pm
    Si.
    - PwnzElite May 6, 2011, 3:52 pm
    Glad we can agree!
    - chaosmaster May 8, 2011, 10:24 am
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