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First Animal to Survive in Space

Science & Tech  (tags: water bears, tardigrades, space, Mike Shaw, naturalist )

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Tardigrades or "Water Bears" are the only creatures that can survive the extreme conditions in the vacuum of outer space. Interesting questions and thoughts come from this video.

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Judy C (97)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 10:23 pm
This is SO interesting! I can't wait to find out more about these creatures. Thanks, Dandelion.

Susanne R (234)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 10:52 pm
Very interesting post, Dandelion! Perhaps tardigrades are the only creatures that will survive climate change and will eventually evolve and populate the earth. Or they could become the subject of a great sci-fi movie called "The Rise of the Tardigrades," where these tiny creatures assume full human size when a mother ship from another galaxy hydrates them with just the right growth hormones from their own planet. What better way to infest our planet with aliens than to make them microscopic in size and scatter them where they wouldn't by found by anyone who wasn't specifically looking for them --with microscopes, no less! These little buggers provide much food for thought and are a feast for the imagination. It's fascinating material. You always provide such interesting and educational posts!

Thanks, Dandelion! If that movie ever gets made, I hope we can see it together!

Christeen A (377)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 11:54 pm
Very,very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing.

Elsie Au (259)
Friday September 21, 2012, 12:26 am
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Jae A (316)
Friday September 21, 2012, 12:48 am
Fascinating video and are the comments above and below the video player on the link provided to see the video. It does show that life is able to survive the extreme conditions in the vacuum of outer space. What is it about their life system that makes this possible and how can it one day be applied to humans...if not as Susanne's wonderful and also most interesting sounding moive version based on the creatures..they already are :-)..

"Learn 'acceptance'." cool was that line !

Dee C (229)
Friday September 21, 2012, 1:34 am
That was extremely interesting..I would be very curious to read more on this..

Thanks Dandelion

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday September 21, 2012, 2:14 am
Far out,thanks for sharing Sheryl.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday September 21, 2012, 2:28 am
very interesting article....amazing creature, didn't know anything like THAT exists...

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2012, 2:59 am
This is fascinating. Thank you.

Edwin M (346)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:25 am
Amazing thank you Sheryl,just when our "experts" think they know everything mother nature shares another secret.The only thing that disturbs me about this video is that Mr. Shaw mentions the tardigrades ability to withstand extreme heat and cold which means that scientists are treating this new discovery in the same way that they treat anything foreign to them, they run it through a series of tests oblivious and detached from the fact that their tests may cause pain.

Danuta W (1248)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:38 am

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:50 am
very interesting,thanks.

cecily w (0)
Friday September 21, 2012, 4:01 am
Fascinating! Thank you. I'm going to look up more about them.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:00 am
Very interesting TY Dandelion

Petra M (259)
Friday September 21, 2012, 10:44 am
Interesting; thanks for sharing!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Friday September 21, 2012, 12:13 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Mary T (178)
Friday September 21, 2012, 2:00 pm
Thanks Dandelion, This is very interesting video, I have to agree with Nyack and Edwin.

Sue Matheson (79)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:28 pm

Gina Caracci (219)
Friday September 21, 2012, 4:09 pm
They remind me of little potato bugs or roly polys!
Now up close...kind of ugly which makes the adorable! their little claws!
I hope too many arent hurt in all these tests to determine where they come from and all their secrets. If they have nervous systems, that means they feel pain..
very neat! Thanks Dandelion!

Robert S (111)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:14 pm
Interesting to find you came up with this Dandelion. My better half found them and turned me on to them just a while back. She and I were and are impressed with them as survivors. I like this guy and his story;. Thanks.

Robert O (12)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:16 pm
Thanks Dandelion!

Pat B (356)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:45 pm
Thank you, Dandelion for this. So very interesting.!!!

Diane L (110)
Friday September 21, 2012, 9:57 pm
Absolutely FASCINATING! Thank you for posting this. Wish everyone could have the same philosophy as this naturalist has........"Enbrace life as it is now".

Sandi C (98)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 9:14 am

Gvapo T (22)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 9:52 am
Amazing creature! :)
Thanks for the video ;)

Roxi M (22)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 2:19 pm
interesting, thank you for sharing

Quinton Smith (40)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 2:44 pm
Fascinating video but Although poor amazing creature that will be killed off by humans. =^..^=

Have you taken in a stray today.

carol k (17)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 5:54 pm
I think it morally wrong to force any living creature into this research; it is pointless / cruel/ it is a waste of money, and animals suffer and die needlessly and brutally. We are never going to live anywhere in space. god created this planet to sustain all the life He alone Created. man needs to love his home planet/ care for it in compassion, regard, and thankfulness.

Rebecca S (61)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 10:06 pm
wow, what a fascinating species!

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 3:28 pm
Noted. Certainly seems to prove that life exists everywhere.

Helle H (21)
Monday September 24, 2012, 3:26 am
Very interesting.

Angelika R (143)
Monday September 24, 2012, 6:17 am
Getting to this only now, thx Sheryl, interesting and soo cute. I checked and found that we've also known them as"Baertierchen" and this video shows them in action :

Victoria P (113)
Monday September 24, 2012, 8:34 am
That was gret Sheryl...thanks; my 7 year old grandson was facinated as well.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday September 24, 2012, 8:38 am
Thanks for the link Angelika, this link by Animal Planet was rather fascinating too. Glad you grandson got to see this as well Vicki.
Animal Planet Water Bears The Most Extreme Animal on Planet Earth

. (0)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 9:58 am
This is fascinating. Now I have to learn more..thanks Sheryl

Iona Kentwell (129)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 6:17 pm
They're tough little fellas!

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Friday September 28, 2012, 6:10 am
maybe if we work on teloportation, this will be the first animal to be teloported.

can they think? they are harmless animals, but people have no problems killing lice.
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