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Bacteria Survives in Mars Environment
News story originally written on June 9, 1999

Scientists found a special bacteria that can live on Mars! They made a dish with an environment just like the one on the red planet. The bacteria grew just like it does on Earth.

The bacteria may one day be used to colonize Mars. It may also work as fuel for people on Mars.

The bacteria makes methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas. It can make the surface of Mars warmer. People could then live on Mars and not freeze!

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