Tardigradi nello spazio

Echiniscus testudo
(Heterotardigrada) immagine da http://www.uni-duesseldorf.de/WWW/MathNat/Zoomorphologie/tardigra.htm

da wikipedia:

I Tardigradi (Tardigrada, Spallanzani 1777) sono un phylum di invertebrati protostomi celomati che comprende poco più di un migliaio di specie animali finora classificate (2007). La loro capacità di sopravvivere in condizioni avverse è particolarmente elevata. (continua…)

da http://www.forteantimes.com/blogs/editorial-blogs/news/space/ 

Tardigrades in space

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Posted by Alistair Strachan at 5:29pm

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are hardy beings that can
survive incredibly extreme environments. They can withstand
temperatures from absolute zero to 151°C, can take 1000 times more
radiation than any animal, can last nearly a decade without water, and
can also survive in a vacuum like that found in space.

Which is why they are being exposed in space by the European Space
Agency in a project called TARDIS. It’s the first time ever that an
animal has been thus exposed, and the researchers are keen to see how /
if they have changed upon their return. Unless the critters decide to
stay up there, that is…

Link (via BoingBoing)

Wednesday 22 August 2007





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