There Are Thousands of Tardigrades on the Moon. Now What?..

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There Are Thousands of Tardigrades on the Moon. Now What?..

#1 Post by billbillt » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:09 pm

Did they survive their crash landing? If so, what happens to them now?..

https://www.livescience.com/moon-tardig ... 190816-llm

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#2 Post by tgss » Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:39 pm

I did wonder about that myself Bill. We are assured that they cannot reproduce on the moon, which seems reasonable, but we also know they can survive (remain viable) in the vacuum of space for a very long time. However I suspect even tardigrades have a best before date which we can only hope will be exceeded before anything cataclysmic happens. I know that NASA takes great care to sterilize their craft before launch but suspect that, despite their precautions, the tardigrades aren't the first earthlings that inadvertently have been left behind.
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#3 Post by Sauerkraut » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:42 pm

In looking for information on this crash and the fate of the tardies, I discovered video compilations of astronauts falling on the moon. Rather ironic, in a way, that the disoriented, stumbling and bumbling astronauts look a little like tardigrades themselves.

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#4 Post by MichaelG. » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:42 pm

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#5 Post by patsyandrews » Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:36 am

billbillt wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:09 pm
Did they survive their crash landing? If so, what happens to them now?..

https://www.livescience.com/moon-tardig ... 190816-llm

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That creature looks like something straight out of a scifi movie! If it doesn't need oxygen to live then it might well survive the Moon's extreme temperatures if it can locate any liquid there since tardigrades survive on fluids.

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#6 Post by billbillt » Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:14 pm

Yes, the water supply would be crucial for their survival.. It seems... They may be tougher than we know and are able to adapt to an environment with much less H2O than previously thought.....


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#7 Post by mnmyco » Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:00 pm

Without a nice atmosphere to help block the suns radiation, I don’t think could survive any reasonable amount of time.


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#8 Post by Rossf » Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:45 am

This could easily be the plot to the next Pixar animated movie-tittle “moss pigs in space!”

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#10 Post by Roldorf » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:26 pm

The moon will probably end up looking like a piece of Swiss cheese as they burrow through it looking for water.
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