There might be life on the Moon after all!

James Marshall
September 11, 2019

Lukasz Kaczmarek, a tardigrade expert and astrobiologist at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, described the extraordinary resilience of these creatures, also known as water bears. Once rehydrated, they return to feeding and reproducing like nothing happened and what's even more interesting is that they revive at the same biological age they were at when they went "to sleep".

And the co-founder of the organisation that put them there thinks they're nearly definitely still alive.

The tardigrades that hitched a ride on Beresheet were dehydrated and encased in a type of epoxy called "Artificial Amber", prepped for future revival.

Nova Spivack, the founder of the Arch Mission Foundation that sent up the hardy creatures to the moon, nonetheless said that the tardigrades that were sent to the moon can not reproduce on the lunar surface.

Spivack heads the Arch Mission Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to archiving human knowledge as well as information on earth species and spreading them through space.

According to a Monday report in Wired, the spacecraft was carrying a micro-archive the size of an optical disc containing DNA samples, millions of pages of data and thousands of dehydrated tardigrades - microscopic animals known popularly as water bears.

The tardigrades, even in the event that they have been scattered about on the Moon, will not be able to colonize it: there is no atmosphere or liquid water to speak of that they can use.

For most creatures there would be no coming back from being dehydrated - life without water is nearly impossible.

Whenever you lookup at the moon, there might now be a number of thousand water bears trying again at you.

They can be brought back to life decades after being dehydrated.

Tardigrades have fascinated scientists since their discovery in the 18th century by the German zoologist and pastor Johann August Ephraim Goeze. They've endearingly tubby our bodies and eight legs tipped with tiny "arms"; however tardigrades are simply as well-known for their near-indestructibility as they're for his or her insufferable cuteness.

They shed nearly all of the water in their body and their metabolism slows to 0.01% of the normal rate. They become a seed-like pod after they get rid of all their water and completely slash the pod's metabolism.

The Israeli Beresheet probe was meant to be the first private lander to touch down on the moon. 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). "Although it would require more advanced biotech than we have to do that". "The main problem with the moon is the vacuum and the high radiation, but tardigrades are proven to survive those conditions". "So it's not a good thing". He had distributed just the survival of the most powerful animal in the universe on the surface of the moon? So you will remain in your dried, lifeless state, until they maybe one day be an Astronaut back to earth.

And alternatively, there's definitely some great source material for a sci-fi/horror movie.

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