Following the Apollo missions, astronauts left their waste on the moon, to help lighten the load on the way back to Earth. During the six Apollo missions, 96 bags of human waste were left on the moon. Now some space enthusiasts are calling on those bags to be collected in order to see how the microbes and germs inside have survived or adapted.
Science website Vox argued faeces is full of life, and bacteria makes up some 50 percent of its mass.
Vox states: “With the Apollo 11 moon landing, we took microbial life on Earth to the most extreme environment it has ever been in. Which means the human faeces — along with bags of urine, food waste, vomit, and other waste in the bags, which also might contain microbial life — on the moon represents a natural, though unintended, experiment.
“The question the experiment will answer: How resilient is life in the face of the brutal environment of the moon?
“And for that matter, if microbes can survive on the moon, can they survive interstellar travel, making them capable of seeding life across the universe, including on places like Mars?”
The magazine Buzz Aldrin initially refused to comment for the piece, but he has since opened up on Twitter.
Replying to a post of the story, Dr Aldrin said: “Well, I sure feel bad for whoever finds my bag.”
Buzz Aldrin became the second man to step foot on the moon in 1969 when he followed in the footsteps of mission commander Neil Armstrong.
Another ten people would follow suit as part of the Apollo missions, which lasted until 1972, yet no human has returned since, meaning the waste samples are complete untouched.