An Organism Survives Antarctica, and Maybe Mars

Say what you will about the simple, uninteresting lives of microorganisms, they’re tough little critters. You try surviving for a million and a half years without heat, food or sunlight and see how you do. A team of National Science Foundation researchers just discovered a species of Antarctic organisms that has accomplished exactly that — and the microbes’ unlikely survival can tell us a lot not just about the adaptability of life on Earth, but the prospects for it on Mars