By Miles Mathieu, Age 8, and IndyKids Staff

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Scientists at the Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands were surprised to discover that earthworms have the potential to thrive in Martian soil. For the study, the researchers purchased simulated Martian soil from NASA, which is made out of dirt from the Mojave Desert and a volcano in Hawaii. They then placed worms in that soil to see if earthworms could survive in Martian soil. Not only did the worms survive, but the scientists discovered two baby worms. Maybe soon we’ll have to call them “mars-worms” instead of earthworms!

Simulate: To recreate something using technology.