From the realm of seriously, you can't make this stuff up! Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon | WIRED https://t.co/ZTOSJFIvfb
— Neil Gemmell (@ProfGemmell) August 7, 2019
Next time you make a mistake in lab, just remember: at least you didn't spill Tardigrades on the moon.
— Susanna L Harris (@SusannaLHarris) August 7, 2019
Tardigrades on the Moon – great band name.
So…let’s recap. A craft carrying Tardigrades AND human DNA crashes on the moon. Nothing to see here, I’m sure they all perished on impact…right? RIGHT?
Sounds like the logline for a great Scifi movie…or the future invasion of earth.
Respite open thread
Something something Morlocks. . . . .
I dread this Elon Musk remake.
A Ghost To Most
I for one welcome our new moon tardigrade overlords.
Adam L Silverman
Since TaMara isn’t going to include this, I will:
@Adam L Silverman: Ok, I laughed.
Adam L Silverman
@TaMara (HFG): This is pretty much obligatory whenever writing about the Israeli space program.
“When the ship’s crew recover a crashed Soviet spacecraft entombed in a block of ice that is infected with alien Tardigrades, they are attacked by shapeshifting alien monsters.”
Since this is an Open Thread…
I think it’s interesting that both Joe Scarborough and Joaquin Castro (no, not the Castro brother running for president) both went big in the past 24 hours trying to list/shame trumpov 2020 donors. They noted the corporations/rich folks/San Antonio-area donors who were getting on board with trumpov 2020 and noted that said donors were essentially supporting white supremacy and its attendant violence. GOOD.
Naturally, the GOP is flipping out about this, with clowns like Cornyn and McCarthy saying it’s “targeting” their supporters for “retaliation” and “violence”. (Yes, really!). I mean, it’s no hit list of abortion providers or billboard with ‘The Squad’ in the crosshairs but hey…
Interesting how this hits a real sore spot for them, doesn’t it? Kinda hard to prop up a minority government when the funds ain’t there…what are they going to do, door-knock for volunteers and donations?
I wonder if D folks are starting to learn how to do this here politics thing…
Tardigrades on the Moon? It’s no Whalers on the Moon.
Tardigrades are adorable. Most likely, they will go into their inactive state and will be recovered by some future Moon astronauts (lunanauts?).
@A Ghost To Most: was coming in here to offer that, nicely done.
As I suspect you know, they can’t last more than a few days (that they can last a few days is insane) in those conditions. But wouldn’t that be the most heartwarming thing?
@Jay: What I found surprising was that Scarborough is also calling this out: Scarborough Issues Warning To Trump 2020 Donors ‘Funding’ White Supremacy
For sure, Castro’s great, and I’m glad he’s doing this. But it’s somewhat of a “dog bites man” story. Scarborough, though — that’s a “man bites dog” story, I think. And that’s surprising.
I wonder if Mika convinced him to take this step — I have *some* difficulty imagining him doing this all on his own.
Hard to say, Gilroy to Dayton has shocked a lot of people out of being quite so numb.
@Jay: The nice part is if the rethugs tried to retaliate in kind I’d be like, “Oh yeah, totally gave to Warren. My only regret is I can’t give more.”
They were cryofrozen, so as long as the container wasn’t breached, they will remain in hibernation.
They are also the greatest extremophile on the planet, are known for colonizing new environments, and now have access to human DNA with which to build a Zombie army.
The Moon is the Promised Land for the Chosen Tardigrades? Well, if you say so
” They are also the greatest extremophile on the planet, are known for colonizing new environments, and now have access to human DNA with which to build a Zombie army. ”
Damn straight. I been saying for a while the future belongs to the tardigrads (though I call them water bears).
Go tardigrades, go!
What I wonder is, after global warming wipes out humans, and the tardigrades take over here, what will happen when the moon tardigrades meet the earth tardigrades?
Interracial marriage and full LGTBQ rights.
Duh Oh! I clicked the link to the crashed lander and found I used 1 of my 3 free Wired articles for the month. Then in that piece I clicked a link and ended up using my 2nd free article all for the one paragraph I wanted explained more. I don’t really read Wired all that much but am bummed losing my ability to do so this early in a month.
Just clear your browser.
hells littlest angel
If I had to pick one Earth lifeform that might survive on the Moon, it would be the tardigrade.
I had no idea what tardigrades are and they are fascinating. Some were frozen and forgotten for 30 years, once thawed they were fine. They are thought to have survived all four major extinction events on earth. So we know who will be on earth after we humans kill ourselves off ignoring climate change.
Umm . . . Star Trek: Discovery is embroiled in a big plagiarism case over tardigrades. Maybe this incident is how they get their space faring powers???
@Jay: Yea I know. Just don’t have to do that too much. Usually the only one that gives me problems is the NY Times. The Maddowblog links to them all the time and I forget to check where the link goes before hitting it. I think they give us 10. Nothing against Wired, just don’t really care to subscribe. The NYT on the other hand. Not one thin dime.
@Jay: I’m lost. What is the context? Significance?
@jl: Are you ready for some football?!!
Tardigrades? In space? Ummm Star Trek: Discovery anyone?
In a couple hundred years, when the Moon is a hellhole of whatever a Tardigrade is, the Woke World of 2525 will blame Neil Armstrong because he got there first and ruined it forever.
@Paul T: The Moon is, like, really a harsh mistress.
@Jay: think this is the list they’re worried will get out…
@Paul T: well yeah, they left a bunch of shit up there.
J R in WV
I too fine Tardigades amazing… hope they become well established and evolve to use lunar sun for energy.
Why was any of the biological material on the spacecraft??
The English Premier League 2019/20 season starts Friday night: Liverpool vs Norwich City at Anfield. You’ll Never Walk Alone!
@Jeffro: I really believe they are and almost nobody believes me!
I remember some articles worrying about private spacecraft possibly contaminating other planets (I think there was even some worry that Musk’s Tesla hadn’t been properly sterilized) and now it turns out that the Israelis just up and launched a pile of actual lifeforms and some DNA at the moon.
J R in WV
@J R in WV:
OK, Now I’ve read the article, all part of a documentation scheme.
Poor tardigraves, used for someone’s scheme without their consent!
‘Beresheet’ is of course the transliteration of the first word of Genesis in the original Hebrew; it means “In the beginning.”
Genesis on the moon, folks! This was the plan all along, I betcha – start new life from tardigrades and human DNA, roll the dice and let God take care of the rest, amirite?
I knew it. There is life on the moon.
@Amir Khalid: So it does. Meanwhile TOON’s boycott of Arsenal on Sunday appears to be fizzling, as the secret signings continue to be revealed, Rafa sends us forlorn yet gracious long goodbyes, but there are a substantial number of unrenewed season tickets available. I can’t figure out how an overseas fan participates beyond hashtags, but Howay the Lads and #AshleyOut!