Tardigrades may be alive on moon following Beresheet crash landing

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The moon may now be home to Earth's most resilient organisms.

CNN reports that thousands of micro creatures called tardigrades were onboard Israel's Beresheet spacecraft when it crash landed on the moon in April.

According to the BBC, tardigrades are about a millimeter-long, with eight legs, claws, and a sucker-like pharynx to spear prey. They are more commonly known as water bears or moss piglets.

CNN reports that they live in water or on plants like lichen or moss, can withstand being heated to 150 degrees Celsius, and frozen to almost absolute zero.

The non-profit Arch Mission Foundation dehydrated the water bears, which caused the organisms to enter a state of suspended animation, where metabolism lowers to 0.01% of the normal rate.

They were then encased in amber and loaded onto the Beresheet, along with a 30-million page archive of human history called the lunar library.

Since the tardigrades are resilient, researchers say it's likely they survived the crash. But they will need to be reintroduced to water in order to reanimate.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Beresheet spacecraft crash landing on moon
2.Tardigrades can withstand extreme heat and cold
3. Crashed Beresheet lunar lander carrying tardigrades in suspended animation
4. Tardigrades likely survived crash, but need water to be reanimated

VOICEOVER (in English):
"CNN reports that thousands of micro creatures called tardigrades were onboard Israel's Beresheet spacecraft when it crash landed on the moon in April."

"According to the BBC, tardigrades are about a millimeter-long, with eight legs, claws, and a sucker-like pharynx to spear prey. They are more commonly known as water bears or moss piglets."

"CNN reports that they live in water or on plants like lichen or moss, can withstand being heated to 150 degrees Celsius, and frozen to almost absolute zero."

"The non-profit Arch Mission Foundation dehydrated the water bears, which caused the organisms to enter a state of suspended animation, where metabolism lowers to 0.01% of the normal rate."

"They were then encased in amber and loaded onto the Beresheet, along with a 30-million page archive of human history called the lunar library."

"Since the tardigrades are resilient, researchers say it's likely they survived the crash. But they will need to be reintroduced to water in order to reanimate."

SOURCES: CNN, BBC
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/07/world/water-bear-space-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-49265125
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47879538
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150313-the-toughest-animals-on-earth