The new organism ,a form of bacteria has been found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not  found on earth. Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the foremost lab of NASA who work on interplanetary travel and discovered a new bacteria on the (ISS) and named it Solibacillus kalamii to honour the late President(A.P.J. Abdul Kalam), who was a renowned aerospace scientist. The name of the bacterium is Solibacillus kalamii has been kept for a huge honour to Dr. Abdul Kalam and genus name is Solibacillus which is a spore-forming bacteria-said Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran, senior research scientist, Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group at JPL.

“Being a fellow Tamilian, I am aware of the huge contributions by Dr. Kalam,” he said. New bacteria are usually named after famous scientists.


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