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Fungus Among Us? Mold Concerns Delay Space Station Cargo Ship's Opening

• space.com
 
The unmanned Einstein spacecraft docked at the space station Saturday (June 15), but it was not opened Monday as planned due to worries that the vehicle and its cargo had not been disinfected properly before launch. The opening of the spacecraft's hatch was moved back a day to allow the space station partner nations to discuss the situation; ultimately, the partners agreed to have the station crew disinfect 21 bags of cargo on the spaceship to ensure they were clean of mold.
 
Whether or not any mold actually grew on the robotic spacecraft is unclear. The

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