NASA astronaut reacts to “spiders” on the ISS


Years ago there really were spiders on the ISS. This is an orb spider and its web inside a spider habitat.


There have been some unusual sights on the International Space Station. Elvis. A gorilla costume. Flatworms. Yoda. But spiders floating freely around the ISS? Only in the imagination of an astronaut.

NASA astronaut and current ISS crew member Megan McArthur on Thursday shared what could be considered a space “shower thought”. It all depends on how she instinctively sees spiders in tiny random objects.

McArthur tweeted, “Is it strange that after 100 days on the space station, when I see a small piece of stuffed animal or food floating around, my body still reacts like ‘SPIDER !!’ a fraction of a second before my brain could ring: “Relax, you’re in space, remember? No spiders. “

It shows how some of the familiar human reactions we have on Earth don’t just go away when we are in orbit.

NASA’s ISS Research Twitter Account Has Raised with a piece of history. “While there are no spiders with you now, there have been spiders stationed for research,” NASA said. “Golden spiders were sent into space to study if and how arachnids weave their webs differently in microgravity.”

The spider mission was back in 2011, and to our knowledge, none of the web dwellers escaped to run free in the resort’s wilderness. As for the experiment, the researchers found that the spiders’ space webs closely resemble the ones they weave on Earth.

McArthur doesn’t have to worry about arachnids, but she has had other tiny life forms for company in orbit, including baby squids and tardigrades. At least they’re cute creatures.

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