The toughest animal on earth (Tardigrada) survives trip in space

Reply Tue 9 Sep, 2008 04:39 am
Invertebrate Astronauts Make Space History

It's one small step for Tardigrada, and one giant leap for the animal kingdom: The toughest creature on Earth has survived a trip into space.

Except for a few hardy strains of bacteria, any other creature would have been destroyed -- but tardigrades handled the voyage as though it were a dry spell on their local moss patch.

"They have claws and eyes. They are real animals. And this is the first time such an animal was tested in space," said Petra Rettberg, an Institute of Aerospace Medicine microbiologist.

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Region Philbis
Reply Tue 9 Sep, 2008 05:49 am
@Robert Gentel,

space travel? . piece a cake...
Reply Tue 9 Sep, 2008 07:20 am
@Region Philbis,
That thing...and you...DO rathe look as though they are already wearing space suits, don't they?

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Robert Gentel
Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 12:22 am
@Robert Gentel,
I found a better article about these guys.

Creature Survives Naked in Space

A tiny, six-legged critter that can suspend all biological activity in extreme environments survived a journey to space that would have instantly killed any human and most other life forms.
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 06:51 pm
@Robert Gentel,
That thing doesn't look that tough! He looks sort of squishy.
Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 10:46 am
Yeah - and what would happen if I stepped on it!
Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 12:23 pm
The potential medicinal benefit of this type of discovery is pretty amazing.

I wonder why people still question the importance of agencies like NASA.
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Steve 41oo
Reply Fri 12 Sep, 2008 03:04 am
its actually 20 feet tall.
Reply Fri 12 Sep, 2008 10:58 am
@Steve 41oo,
You haven't seen the size of feet have you?
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