Tardigrades on the Moon

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Velocity, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 19, 2001
    In the back of beyond
    The moon is now contaminated with desiccated tardigrades since the crash of the Israeli spacecraft last April. The tardigrades would have to come into contact with water to be reanimated, which is unlikely on the moon, but with the rise in private missions to the moon, the risk of further contamination is possible.
    I am enjoying naming B grade monster movies as a result, but do you think that the teeny tardigrade contamination could just the beginning of a whole new moon, so to speak?
  2. Tenacity

    Tenacity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 14, 2016
    Not contamination, early steps towards terra-forming..
  3. publiusr

    publiusr Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    I wonder if they'd do better on Mars.

    They get into a lava tube with water--they might get huge...like the giant caterpillar-like "Moon Cows" the Selenites fought.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2019
  4. Maurice

    Maurice Maurice, the ATARI CX5200 Premium Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    They would need a food source. They might be able to survive being desiccated but if there's nothing to eat they're not doing anything, let alone evolving.
  5. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Tomorrow Never Knows Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Here, There and Everywhere
    At least on the Moon they'll have all that cheese!
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