'Indestructible' tardigrades may be alive on the Moon


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"The Moon already has almost 100 bags of human waste left by Apollo astronauts, plus a small plant landed by China".

The creature was frozen alive and sent to the moon as part of a time capsule, for possible revival when humans return there.

Tardigrades are considered the toughest animals on our planet.

When spacecraft leave Earth they are bound by the Outer Space Treaty not to contaminate their environment.

Earlier this year, SpaceIL, a private company from Israel, attempted to land a mission on the Moon, but their bid ended in failure when their robotic spacecraft, Beresheet (Hebrew for "genesis"), crashed on the satellite.

The crash destroyed nearly everything on board - barring a disc of material that was to form a human library on the moon, a peek at humanity for successive species and civilisations.

The tiny creatures might have survived the crash landing. Nevertheless, it is unknown if the archive - and the water bears - survived the explosive affect when Beresheet crashed, in accordance with Wired.

However, even though the water bears are likely now on the moon, they'll have to be taken somewhere with an atmosphere to be rehydrated and potentially brought back to life.

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From temperatures minus 328 degrees Fahrenheit (-200 C) to more than 300 F (149 C), these bad boys can survive radiation and space vacuum. Not only are these little forms of life tiny, but they are nearly indestructible as they can survive extreme temperatures of 328 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 200 degrees Celsius), and more than 300 F (149 C). So far there is no word if future Israeli missions will be crewed by tardigrades.

'When you look at the Moon from now on, realise there is a lost library there containing Wikipedia, 30,000 books, 5,000 languages, and the history of the world'. Others still have classical literature alongside American writer Isaac Asimov's sci-fi "Foundation" trilogy, samples from religious sites like India's Bodhi tree, and hair follicles and blood samples as human DNA.

Good thing, sending the tardigrades to the moon did not violate any government rule according to the NASA's Office of Planetary Protection.

But the barren landscape of the moon and no immediate aid plans could beat the resilient creatures.

In the weeks that followed the crash, Spivack and his team did everything in their power to find out if their library had survived the crash or if it had been destroyed.

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