NASA astronaut reflects on seeing “spiders” on the ISS

There really were spiders on the ISS years ago. This is a golden orb spider and his web within a spider habitat.


There have been some unusual places on the International Space Station. Elvis. A dressed as a gorilla. Flat worms. Yoda. But do spiders float freely around the ISS? Only in of an astronaut imagination.

NASA astronaut e current ISS crew member Megan McArthur shared what could be considered a space “shower thought” on Thursday. It’s all about how instinctively sees spiders in random small items.

McArthur tweeted, “It’s weird that after 100 days on the space station, when I see a small piece of fluff or food floats, mine body still reacts like ‘SPIDER!!’ a rift second before my brain can play in with, ‘Relax, you are in space, to remember? No spiders. “

goes to show how some of the familiar human reactions we have on the earth no just disappear when we are up in orbit.

NASA ISS research The Twitter account rang in with a history morsel. “Even if there are no spiders up with you now, there were spiders on station for research”said NASA.” The golden globe spiders were sent to space study if and how arachnids spin their canvases in different way in microgravity. “

The spider mission era back in 2011 and, as far as we are concerned know, nobody of the web-the inhabitants of the slingshot fled to run free in the wild lands of the station. How for the experiment, researchers found spiders space the canvases looked very similar to the ones they weave back on Land.

McArthur doesn’t have to worry about arachnids, but he did have other tiny life forms for society in orbit, including baby squid and tardigrades. At least they are cute creatures.

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