Lichen - super organisms
Lichens have a mineral coating that apparently shields the organisms from the ultraviolet radiation of space, says Dr Rene Demets, who oversaw the project for the ESA. More >>
Random qubbits about Lichen:
Lichen is a living partnership of a fungus and an alga.
ETYMOLOGY: Latin lchn, a kind of plant, from Greek leikhn, from leikhein, to lick.
Greeks and Romans used Lichen to make purple dye (most likely mixed it with urine and exposed it to air).
Some folks believe that when the Israelites left Egypt they ate lichen off the rocks in the desert. ... Lichen - the new raw food craze?