NASA salutes the ‘Jewel of India’ Dr. Abdul Kalam! New microbe found on ISS named after him
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 21-May-2017

Washington, May 21: The one who defined ‘perfection’, ‘excellency’, ‘genuineness’ with his efforts was one and only – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Not only India is proud of but he is ‘Jewel’ of the whole world. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who was also the 11th President of India and who worked as an aerospace engineer at NASA was honored by NASA. Salute!

NASA honored Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, by naming a unique microbe found on the International Space Station after him, calling it as 'Solibacillus Kalamii'. By this move Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has been immortalized.

Jet propulsion laboratory scientists Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaram who discovered the microbe on ISS said that “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.” The Solibacillus Kalamii microbe was found on the filters of the International Space Station which orbits the earth from a distance of 400 kms. According to Dr Venkateswaran, the bug got hitch-hiked to the space station from earth only.

This new microbe is spore former. Dr Venkateswaran said that “These spore formers tend to withstand high radiation and also produce some useful compounds protein-wise which will be helpful for biotechnology applications,” Dr. Venkateswaran said. His team has not characterized the bacteria fully but he hints that the new bug could be a key source for chemicals that can help protect against radiation damage.