|Nasa discovered something in crystals 60,000 years old. [Telegraph]|
A unique life contained in the crystals 60,000 years old, have been revived by NASA. This step increases the chances that there are foreign organisms found in extreme environments on other planets.
Penelope Boston, director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and his team have spent years exploring the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico looking for extremophiles in a large cave.
The mine contains the giant gypsum crystals that look so fabulous. When Dr Boston first saw her, she assumed it was a hoax Photoshop.
But more surprising is that in the crystal, found small insects in the form of 'geolatency', in which living organisms survive in geological materials for long periods of time.
About 100 different insects, which most of the bacteria found in crystals, suggesting that they have been trapped for 10,000 to 60,000 years. A total of 90 percent had never seen before.
Caves are above the volcanic magma and geothermally heated to a temperature of up to 60C, which led to the astrobiologists feel like there is in 'hell'.
Most creatures can not survive there, but scientists have found some organisms have evolved and eating sulfide, iron, manganese or copper oxide in the cave.
"These people live in an environment where there is no organic food as we know it. They are examples of organisms capable of living at very high temperatures. Basically they live based on inorganic minerals and compounds. It may be history in our lives , "said Dr Boston.
Some giant crystal "sparkle" five meters high. Other caves detected by the "weird life forms", but to access it too dangerous.
The scientists said the findings raise the possibility that such harmful insects can hitch a ride back to Earth when the spacecraft back from another planet.
NASA has a plan to bring back samples of rock and ice of Europe. An ice of Jupiter, which is one of the best targets in the solar system for life because it has a salty ocean under the crust.
Dr. John Rummel, from the Seti Institute in Mountain View, California, said it was "pretty easy" for the insects to survive in space travel, as long as they are protected from the sun's ultraviolet radiation.
"It is assumed that such a life would be difficult to survive on the way to Earth," he said. [Telegraph]