To be able to survive a crash landing that most humans wouldn't be able to survive would require the tardigrades
to be tough creatures.
The lander, named Beresheet, was unmanned and carried various payloads including thousands of tardigrades
, which are the eight-legged microscopic organisms that became known as water bears.
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The founder of the Arch Mission Foundation, Nova Spivack, told the magazine that their cargo aboard Beresheet, a few thousand tardigrades
planned for biological experiments, could be 'the only surviving thing from that mission.'
Arch Mission Foundation boss Nova Spivack said: "We believe that the chances of survival for the tardigrades
SURVIVOR Moss piglet are extremely high."
Arch Mission Foundation boss Nova Spivack said: "We believe the chances of survival for the tardigrades
are extremely high."
, or "little water bears," are tiny eight-legged, segmented creatures measuring about 1.5 millimeters long.
Based on an analysis of the spacecraft's trajectory and the composition of the device the micro-animals were stored in, "we believe the chances of survival for the tardigrades
...are extremely high," Nova Spivack, founder of the Arch Mission Foundation, told AFP.
Consider the tardigrade
, also known as the water bear.
Ever heard of Tardigrades
? Me neither, yet the four tardigrade
sagas interspersed through the book will endear these creatures to you.
The most common, "better matrix," is the disaccharide sugar trehalose, which is naturally occurring and in fact is produced and used by a number of organisms which can survive dessication ("anhydrobiosis"), such as tardigrades
. Trehalose is believed to work by coating DNA molecules and effectively displacing H-bonded water molecules with its own H-bond donors and acceptors.
! So far no large-scale study has systematically looked for these plump and nearly microscopic eight-legged animals in our homes.