A new favorite creature in space + everyplace- Tardigrade! 'This little critter is known as a water bear or a #Tardigrade. In 2008 they were the first #animal demonstrated to be able to survive the vacuum of space. They are virtually indestructible survive being blasted w radiation, intense pressures & years of desiccation. Specimens were launched into #space by Swedish scientists & they returned unharmed after 8 days. #microscopic #microbiota #survivor #creature #curiosity #strange #weird
Anatomy of Tardigrada Demonstrating the appearance of gravid tardigrades, mouthparts, and different claw-forms and exterior textures. The Tardigrada of the Scottish Lochs: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. XLI - Part III - No. 27. By James Murray, 1905.