Lichens survive in space: results from the 2005 LICHENS experiment.

@article{Sancho2007LichensSI,
  title={Lichens survive in space: results from the 2005 LICHENS experiment.},
  author={Leopoldo G Sancho and Rosa de la Torre and Gerda Horneck and C Ascaso and Asunci{\'o}n de Los R{\'i}os and Ana Mar{\'i}a Turiel Pintado and J Wierzchos and Martin Schuster},
  journal={Astrobiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={7 3},
  pages={
          443-54
        }
}
This experiment was aimed at establishing, for the first time, the survival capability of lichens exposed to space conditions. In particular, the damaging effect of various wavelengths of extraterrestrial solar UV radiation was studied. The lichens used were the bipolar species Rhizocarpon geographicum and Xanthoria elegans, which were collected above 2000 m in the mountains of central Spain and as endolithic communities inhabiting granites in the Antarctic Dry Valleys. Lichens were exposed to… CONTINUE READING

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