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December 18, 2012

Spiders in Space: Nefertiti makes history

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Sadly, she died only a few days later from natural causes — red-backed jumping spiders live only for about a year.

Still, the astronauts aboard the ISS remember her fondly as their first “spidernaut” colleague in Earth orbit, proving yet again how adaptable life on Earth is — after some initial confusion most animals cope quite well with the effects of microgravity. Much research still remains to be conducted on generations of animals born in space or living in gravity situations that are very different from their native homes.

After all, when your descendents jet off to their vacation on Asteroid XP-3-whatever, they want to make sure they can take Fido, Fluffy or Nefertiti with them.

Watch a brief video of Nefertiti catching a meal in her habitat on the ISS at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9aQ4rdiMnY

Beate Czogalla is the Professor of Theater Design in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Georgia College & State University. She has had a lifelong interest in space exploration and has been a Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ NASA for many years. She can be reached at   our_space2@yahoo.com   

 

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