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Old 11-30-2010, 06:44 PM
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The first member of the animal kingdom that can survive unprotected in outer space has been discovered:

- Tardigrades: The World's Toughest Critters

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In September 2008 a box of water bears was launched into orbit 270 km above the Earth. They were passengers aboard the Russian Satellite FOTON-M3 on a mission named TARDIS (Tardigrades In Space).... Many were found to have survived the trip intact.

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Old 11-30-2010, 09:58 PM
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Wasn't this known already?
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:20 PM
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No one has ever shot them into outer-space before.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:03 PM
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Lol, Tardigrades. That name always gets me.

Of course they survived.

Tardigrades, or water bears, as they are often called, can almost completely dehydrate themselves, shrivel up into a wrinkled sack, and come back to life instantly with a drop of water.

They are a common resident of temporary ponds, or vernal pools, where they form the food supply for the larvae of many species of insects.

But I guess that link just made this redundant, huh? :<
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:33 PM
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They're already known to survive the worst earthly conditions one could imagine, no surprise that they survive in space, too. Nature's own little tanks.

Extra point of win for the mission name.
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these guys are amazing, you put them in radiation and they survive, you microwave the bastards and they still survive
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Isn't nature awesome?


TARDIS... why does that sound familiar...
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TARDIS...epic win!

It reminds me of an episode of Mythbusters.
YouTube - Mythbusters Cockroaches outliving a nuclear blast
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TARDIS... why does that sound familiar...
Doctor Who, I've heard.
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