NASA honours APJ Abdul Kalam by naming new species after him

NASA has paid tribute to late President APJ Abdul Kalam by naming a newly discovered organism after him. As of now, the bacterium named ‘Solibacillus kalamii’ by NASA scientist Kasthuri Venkateswaran, is found only on the ISS, which is orbiting Earth at 400 km. Kalam had trained at NASA in 1963 before setting up India’s first rocket-launching facility in Kerala.