'Water Bears' May Have Crash Landed on the Moon
'Water Bears' May
Have Crash Landed
on the Moon.
A cargo of tiny tardigrades
were included in the Beresheet
spacecraft sent to the moon in April.
Sent by The Arch Mission Foundation,
the craft was intended as a sort
of "Noah's ark," containing human DNA
samples and an archive of disks about earth.
The resilient creatures,
also known as "water bears,"
were included in a state of
able to live in
extremely harsh climates.
They are the toughest form of life we know of.
They can survive practically any planetary cataclysm.
They can survive in the vacuum of space, they can survive radiation, Nova Spivack, Arch Mission Foundation, via CNN.
The researchers are hoping
that the information disks and
little creatures survived the crash.
In the distant future it might be recovered by our descendants or by a future form of intelligent life that might evolve long after we're gone, Nova Spivack, Arch Mission Foundation, via CNN.
Researchers also say that
humans could someday be
cloned from the DNA that
was included on board the craft.