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In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan L. Bean retrived a TV camera from the unmanned lunar probe Surveyor 3 which had landed on the moon on April 20, 1967. There it sat for 31 months, taking pictures and collecting data. Upon returning the equipment to earth, NASA scientists were surprised to discover the camera was coated with: \"organic material of unknown origin.\" NASA scientists were even more suprised to discover a single, dormant bacteria, almost identical to Streptococcus mitis, living inside the camera that had been sitting on the moon for 31 months, almost 3 years.
In 1970, and in 1972 the Soviet Union sent the Luna 16 and Luna 20 space craft to the moon which collected rocks and soil samples from the lunar surface. These samples were hermetically sealed, returned to the Earth and photographed. Subsequntly fossils were discovered in the moon samples, creatures identical to coccoidal bacteria like Siderococcus and Sulfolobus; and one of which Dr. Rhawn Joseph later determined to be similar to a an Ediacaran spiral organism which has become extinct 600 million years ago.