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PacSci Podcast: Life On The Moon

by | Aug 22, 2019

Tardigrade, aka Water Bear

Fans of old sci-fi themes and current Internet memes had to be giddy last week (I know I was) when news came out that there is now life on the moon.

The life is in the form of tardigrades, also known as water bears, that were aboard an Israeli spacecraft that crashed on the moon earlier this year.

The headlines just wrote themselves. Here are just a few:

Tardigrade Spill on the Moon Proves We Need Rules for Spreading Life Beyond Earth

Bears on the Moon, Musk Vs. Bezos, and How Venus Became Hell in Space

Scientists Offer Serious Warning About Water Bears On The Moon

And if you’re an old sci-fi fan (guilty), then the long running trope of tiny life forms showing up in unexpected places and surviving and morphing in unexpected and often scary ways immediately pop into your brain.

But for those who don’t know what tardigrades are, they are microscopic creatures that people all over the world just love.

“I think there’s two reasons for that, one is they’re really cute,” said Sarah Moore, PacSci’s Living Exhibits Manager. “They’re pudgy and poofy and puffy and round. And they look like they’re sort of floating and flying.”

The other reason we seem to love them, she says is their ability to survive in the harshest of environments. In this PacSci Podcast embedded below she goes into more details about these amazing creatures.

Even if you have no idea what tardigrades or water bears are, if you’ve been on the Internet anytime in the past year or so then you’ve probably seen pictures of them. They’ve become a beloved meme. And yes, you can find them yourself. Sarah says they’re likely just about anywhere there’s water such as marshy wetlands. You just need the right gear. So, go forth and discover some of these amazing creatures yourself. We put together some links for you below, but just fire up your favorite search engine and you’ll find the info you need.

Gazing up at a full moon will never be the same. And if you ever get to the moon yourself, you may find some still surviving up there.

We’re hoping for a new sci-fi movie…‘that tells the story of tiny creatures lost years ago. They survived for decades before a stray meteor sparked a metamorphosis that threatened humankind’s very survival. Matt Damon stars in this story of humanity’s battle against a science experiment gone bad.’

LOVE that!

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