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Thousands of tardigrades is stranded on the Moon after the lunar lander to crash

If the animal is able to survive a crash-landing on the moon, it would probably be a tardigrade.
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If you are looking to go to the moon, there may be a few thousands of water bears take a look back at you.

The Israeli space Beresheet crashed into the moon, during a failed landing attempt on April 11. In doing so, it can be scattered by the lunar surface, with thousands of dried-up tardigrades, Wired reported yesterday (Aug. 5).

Beresheet was made by a robot lander. Even though it is not the transportation of the astronauts, it carried human DNA in the samples, together with the above-mentioned tardigradesand 30 million is a very small scanned pages of information about human society and culture. However, it is unknown whether the store — and the water-bears — survive the explosive impact when the Beresheet crash site, according to Wired. [8 Reasons Why We Love Tardigrades]

The tardigrades, and in the human DNA to allow the new additions to the mission, and added just a couple of weeks in advance of Beresheet will be launched on Feb. 21. Just as the Cretaceous fossils trapped in amber, the DNA in the samples, and tardigrades are sealed in one resin coating for the protection of the DVD format around the library, as thousands of tardigrades have been cast on the tape, the archive location has been reported.

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“But why send tardigrades to go to the moon? Tardigrades, also known as moss piglets, are tiny creatures, measuring between 0.002 and 0.05 mm) (0.05 to 1.2 millimeters in length. They have adorable tubby bodies and eight legs tipped with small hands”, but tardigrades are known for their near-indestructibility, if it is for their unbearable cuteness.

Tardigrades are able to survive conditions that would kill other forms of life, weathering the extreme temperatures of minus 328 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 200 degrees Celsius) up to 300 F (149 C). They are also useful to survive the exposure to the radiation and the vacuum of space.

Another tardigrade super power is their ability to prevent drying out of the body into a state known as a “buk.” They can pull their head and legs, trying to expel the water from their bodies and shrivel up into a little ball, and the scientists have found out that tardigrades can revive the dried state for 10 years or more.

In other words, if a single entity were the survivor of a crash-landing in the area, it would be a tardigrade. Or use one of the Beresheet tardigrades, waiting for their time to be a lunar impact crater on them until they are able to be resuscitated, only time will tell.

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Originally published on Live Science.

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