You use phase contrast microscopy to observe a wet mount of a soil sample and a "goo" sample from the Elvis. In what ways are the potential ET microbes similar to microbes previously characterized on earth ? In what ways are they different ? How could you Determine whether the microbes present in the soul or goo samples are phylogenetically similar or distant from known micro organisms
Observed microorganisms are alike to those found on Earth (they both contain streptococcus bacteria, staph bacillus, spirillium, and filamentous bacteria. However, the microbes from the goo and soil sample are smaller in size.