Forget Cockroaches as the most resilient lifeforms on this planet

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Timelord Victorious, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Timelord Victorious

    Timelord Victorious Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 27, 2006
    Germany, Earth, the Solar System
  2. Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell so far this is a dumb future Premium Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    comments 2 my butt
    I remember reading about these when I was a kid. Fascinating little buggers. It's overly anthropocentric to claim humans are the "dominant" species on this planet, when we've got creatures like this living everywhere, who are a lot hardier than we are. I remember being amazed at how they could survive so long without water, and such extreme temperatures.
  3. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

    Sep 15, 2006
    Italy, EU
    I know some of the people who worked for this experiment. They launched a few tardigrades in space and tested their resistance to such extreme conditions. It was pretty neat.
  4. Deranged Nasat

    Deranged Nasat Vice Admiral Admiral

    Tardigrades! I'm familiar with them; it's nice to see them getting some love.

    Actually, that whole sentence works out wrong. :lol:

    What I mean is, tardigrades are fascinating lifeforms that I'm always glad to see getting the attention they deserve. :)
  5. ebusinesstutor

    ebusinesstutor Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Feb 14, 2010
    Apollo 12 brought back the Surveyor 3 camera (robotic probe). Inside, scientists found bacteria that had survived 3 YEARS in the airless vacuum on the Moon.

    Gives credence to the fact that life could spread in meteorites.
  6. Trekker4747

    Trekker4747 Boldly going... Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    Kansas City
    I'm fairly sure we've known about resilient bacteria and microbiological life that can live in the harshness of space for quite some time now.