After 18 months, more than 60 percent of the mushrooms' cells remained intact, namely with functioning DNA. According to the authors of the study, these results will help in a further search for life on Mars.
Experts have talked about the possibility of life on Mars for many centuries considering the planet's proximity and similarity to Earth. However, despite a number of assumptions there has not been so far any evidence of life existing on the planet.
The work was published in the journal Astrobiology; the main author of the study is Professor Silvano Onofri from the University of Tuscany, Italy.