Studies on Microbial Propagation in the Airborne State
Final rept. Feb 1973-Oct 1976
CALIFORNIA UNIV OAKLAND NAVAL BIOSCIENCES LAB
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The purpose of this project was to conduct studies to determine whether bacteria, in or on small particles dispersed as aerosols, could maintain growth processes to the extent that more than one division step could occur. The question is important with respect to estimating the probability of contaminating the biological zone of Jupiter if space vehicles were to penetrate the planet. On a simulated Lander structure bacteria were found to be ejected from surfaces as a result of mechanical stress caused by temperature changes.