Space Suits Them: First Animal That Can Survive in Orbit

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 14:21 in Biology & Nature

Humans, chimpanzees and dogs can live in a space environment for but a few minutes before the air in their lungs expands, gas bubbles out of their blood and the saliva in their mouths begin to boil. But more fundamental organisms such as bacteria and lichen can tolerate the absence of pressure and searing cold. And now researchers have found that animals known as tardigrades, or water bears, can, too. [More]

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