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A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon.

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are microscopic animals that can survive for years without food or water.

And now they’re on the moon!

The spacecraft was carrying the foundation’s first lunar library, a DVD-sized archive containing 30 million pages of information, human DNA samples, and thousands of tardigrades, those microscopic “water bears” that can survive pretty much any environment—including space.