Microbes transported to the International Space Station threaten the health of astronauts.

Among the many major threats that astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) face daily, an unwelcome but inevitable danger comes from a tiny organism: microbes.

Countless numbers of these microorganisms are carried by astronauts and cargo flights launched into space International Space Station, can produce hibernating burrows in the form of complex arrays of cells. These cells are called biofilms, and they are found on space station surfaces, space suits, and water systems, to name just a few of the areas they invade.

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