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

Too many 'projects'

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