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New bacteria discovered on filters of International Space Station named after late Dr Kalam, former President of India
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States has named new bacteria found on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) after former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, it is reported.

According to the reports, the new spore forming bacteria has been found only on the ISS and not yet on the Earth.

The new bacteria have been named Solibacillus kalamii to honour the late Indian president and noted aerospace scientist who had his early training at NASA in 1963.

It is said that the species has been named after Dr Kalam and genus name is Solibacillus. According to NASA, the bacteria was on board the ISS for 40 months in the HEPA filter.

The filter was analysed this year and led to the discovery of the new bacteria. The discovery was published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 

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