Life in the Extremes, a series of trading cards from the NASA Astrobiology Program.

Life in the Extremes

Astrobiology Extremophile Trading Cards

This educational product includes a set of trading cards featuring nine different extremophile groups. The front of each card has an image of an environment in which the extremophiles thrive (e.g. Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone for the thermophiles). The back of each card has a small photo of a representational organism (e.g. Deinococcus radiodurans for the radioresistant microbes) and engaging text about each group’s “Extreme Abilities”, “Extreme Environments” and “Extreme Examples”. The trading cards were developed by the former NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) team at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Extremophiles are organisms that live in places on Earth that humans would consider "extreme."
Click on the image to download the complete set of trading cards as a single pdf. Individual cards can be found below.Image credit: NASA Astrobiology.

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