NASA names bacteria after Abdul Kalam

Scientists at NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Till date, the new organism a form of bacteria has been found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not been found on earth.

Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the foremost lab of NASA for work on interplanetary travel, discovered the new bacteria on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) and named it Solibacillus kalamii to honour the late President, who was a renowned aerospace scientist.
The name of the bacterium is Solibacillus kalamii, the species name is after Dr. Abdul Kalam and genus name is Solibacillus which is a spore-forming bacteria.

Important Takeaways from above News for BOB PO Exam-

  • Dr. Kalam was the 11th President of India became on 25th July 2002
  • APJ Kalam also known as Missile Man of India and his full name is Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
  • India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3) was developed by Dr. APJ Kalam for ISRO
  • NASA headquarter is in Washington, D.C. USA.

Source- The Hindu


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