24/7 Newsfeed

Put Reason 24/7 on Your Site


Follow Reason 24/7 on Twitter and via RSS

Spider Travels 42 Million Miles in Space, Dies at Smithsonian Zoo

A spider sent 42 million miles through space as part of a NASA-sponsored YouTube Space Lab contest has died after returning to Earth. It was transported to the Smithsonian's Insect Zoo in Washington D.C. last week, and had passed away by natural causes on Monday.

This news comes courtesy of the Boulder Daily Camera. The spider, Nefertiti, was chosen as part of an experiment created to determine whether a spider dependent on gravity would be able to adapt to its surroundings and eat in micro-gravity.

Source: Zap2It. Read full article. (link)

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.