Indian scientists have discovered three new bacteria that can resist ultraviolet radiation about 40km above the surface of the earth—a finding that could throw light on the origin of life on the planet, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on Monday, Mar 16.
These three types of bacteria, which do not match any species on earth were found in samples collected through a balloon sent up to the stratosphere in April 2005.
This research balloon found the three unknown species of bacteria which could mean that there is alien life in space.
One of the new species has been named Bacillus Isronensis recognising ISRO's contribution in the experiment, while another is called Bacillus Aryabhata after India's ancient astronomer Aryabhata.
The third is called Janibacter Hoylei after astrophysicist Fred Hoyle.
According to a press release Jayant Narlikar from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune was the principal investigator and scientists U R Rao from ISRO and P M Bhargava from Anveshna supported as mentors of the experiment.