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Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Immortalised By NASA: New Microbe Discovered On ISS Named After Him[/caption]
Former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is one of the most famous aerospace engineers of the nation and has now been immortalised by NASA as the space agency named a new microbe found on the International Space Station (ISS) in his honour as 'Solibacillus Kalamii'. Till date, the microbe has only been found on the ISS.
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Jet propulsion laboratory scientist Dr Kasthuri Venkateswaran, from NASA Los Angeles who found the microbe said to media, "The name of the bacterium is Solibacillus Kalamii. The species name is after Dr Abdul Kalam and genus name is Solibacillus which is a spore forming bacteria."
The Solibacillus Kalamii microbe was found on the filters of the International Space Station which orbits the earth from a distance of 400 kms. According to Dr Venkateswaran, the bug likely hitch-hiked to the space station from earth only.