A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

From Wired Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are microscopic animals that can survive for years without food or water. And now they’re on the moon! It was just before midnight on April 11 and everyone at the Israel Aerospace Industries mission control center in Yehud, Israel, had their eyes fixed on two large projector…

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Moss Piglets: First Interstellar Travelers?

Guest post by David Middleton People are gearing up to spread life from our solar system out into the cosmos. But the first life-forms to make that journey won’t be human beings, or even critters most folks would recognize. Instead, scientists plan to send tiny, chubby, pinch-faced tardigrades on the first living journey out past the Oort…