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What in the world is it?
An X-Ray of Mickey Mouse? Well, sort of! If you guessed this one, you deserve to ask your parents to send you to Space Camp. You see, what you’re looking at is is actually part of a colony of fluffy microbes buried for several thousand years in the Antarctic ice. Richard Hoover of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Dr. S.S. Abyzov of the Russian Academy of Sciences have been examining deep ice core samples from the Vostok Station about 1,000 km (620 miles) from the South Pole. What they found in their explorations was a microworld locked in ancient ice have found a wide range of lifeforms from fungi, algae, and bacteria to a few diatoms – and a few items with strange shapes. “We’ve found some really bizarre things – things that we’ve never seen before,” Hoover said. The objects have fanciful names, like Mickey Mouse, based on passing resemblances. Hoover expects that most of these mystery objects will soon will fall into known categories of microorganisms as he and Abyzov continue to study the images.