The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) paid a tribute to the former President of India and scientist late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, as it named a newly discovered species after him. The species has been named – Solibacillus Kalamii. The new species of bacteria was found by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which works on the interplanetary level, on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS). The bacteria was stuck to the space station for 40 months.
Dr Kalam, who is referred to as ‘The Missile Man of India,’ worked as a trainee at NASA in 1963, before he set up India’s first rocket-launching facility in the fishing village of Thumba in Kerala.