This image provided by Penny Boston shows a red wall in a cave with butterfly crystal. (Penny Boston via AP)
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NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico.The discovery has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, but it has led Boston to believe that living organisms may also have survived in the extreme environments of other planets and moons in our solar system.She said about 100 different kinds of microorganisms -- most of them bacteria -- have been found locked in Naica crystals for periods ranging from 10,000 to 60,000 years.Several years ago scientists reported finding microbes in ice and salt that were up to 500,000 years old.
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