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Bresheet: What happened to the live Tardigrades spilled on the moon

When on April 11, 2019, the world was watching live the first private spacecraft trying to land on the moon, the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft just fall and crashed on the surface of the moon.

Beresheet was carrying a DVD-sized archive containing 30 million pages of information, human DNA samples, and thousands of Tardigrada (meaning “slow steppers”), also called “water bears.”

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Those microscopic creatures are able to survive extreme conditions such as the deep-ocean, volcanoes, mountaintops and the Antarctic. They can survive extreme pressures (both high and low), extreme temperatures, air deprivation, radiation, dehydration, and starvation.

But when the Israelis confirmed Beresheet had been crashed, a disturbing question raised: Did it also smear the most resilient animals known on earth across the surface of the moon? [continue reading at WIERD]


 On Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

NASA has released photos from the site of the Beresheet (Genesis) impact on the moon. A NASA camera photographed the impact area before it reached the moon and after, one of the founders of SpaceIl: “No doubt, More…

Beresheet (Genesis), the first Israeli spacecraft, did reach the Moon at 22:25 on the moon, but it fell free and crashed – and did not complete its mission. During the landing, a Salafi image of the spacecraft More…

Prof. Oded Aharonson of the Weizmann Institute of Science and his team of scientists, working with the SpaceIL engineers, have identified a landing site for the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft on the moon. After More…

March 5 – SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) shared today that Beresheet’s camera took a selfie photo for the first time, from a distance of 37,600 km (23363.5 miles) from Earth. The spacecraft More…

Beresheet Launched successfully! ????????We received the first sign of life & data from #Beresheet & the #spacecraft deployed its landing legs as expected. ???? #israeltothemoon @ILAerospaceIAI @ILSpaceAgency More…

Beresheet (Genesis), the first Israeli spacecraft to the moon succeeded on Thursday in one of its biggest challenges: A maneuver allowing it to be captured by lunar gravity. The spacecraft is expected to land on More…

“After eight years of hard work, our dream has come true: We finally have a spacecraft,” said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby yesterday when the nonprofit organization and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s first More…

The first Israeli spacecraft to the moon, which will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida in February, will carry a time capsule with information and significant national symbols within it, Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL More…




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