A PAIR OF SPIDERNAUTS are settling in to their new home aboard the International Space Station.
Carried into orbit during the current space shuttle Endeavour mission, the spiders are housed in separate enclosures, with a supply of fruit flies to keep them from getting hungry.
The video above shows a series of single exposures of one of the spider enclosures. The camera got bumped during launch; hopefully the astronauts will be able to refocus it.
The spiders are part of an educational experiment. School kids around the globe are taking part, comparing the antics of the spidernauts with spiders back on Earth.
Here’s a video that shows the spiders’ enclosures:
And let’s just hope they don’t receive a high dose of radiation and mutate into gigantic, horrible Earth-destroying monsters … like this one back in 2007!
Story by Jonathan Nally, SpaceInfo.com.au. Images and videos courtesy NASA / BioServe.
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