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Mold in space? It’s tougher than you think!

“As anyone who’s ever had a mold infestation knows, the fungi can be very hard to kill. It turns out mold may also be highly resistant to the harsh conditions of outer space. Its spores can survive doses of radiation 200 times higher than those that would kill a human, researchers reported here today at the Astrobiology Science Conference. Such hardiness could make it difficult to eliminate mold’s health risks to astronauts. Mold might also one day threaten other parts of the solar system—with hitchhiking mold spores from Earth.

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) already constantly battle with mold, which grows on the station’s walls and equipment. That mold, of course, is in a protected structure in low-Earth orbit, where radiation doses are low. Outside of the station, doses are higher—and they would be higher still on the hull of a spacecraft going to Mars or beyond.”

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Thankfully, here on earth, we’ve figured out how to effectively kill mold spores (while keeping humans safe). However, left untreated, mold can cause serious health problems. It’s important that when you choose a mold remediation company that they do a thorough cleaning.

The professionals at Bauer Restoration use the best equipment and gear to ensure that mold is dealt with in a proper manner and doesn’t return. For more information, visit our mold remediation page or give us a call at 507-333-9838.