water bear

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When the water bears returned to Earth, the scientists discovered that 68 percent lived through the ordeal. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Tardigrades Have Landed on the Moon. Here's What Their Survival Could Mean for Humanity.," 7 Aug. 2019 Fortunately for Spivack and the Arch Mission Foundation, spewing DNA and water bears across the moon is totally legal. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon," 5 Aug. 2019 But in principle, a colony of water bears is within the realm of possibility. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tiny tardigrades crash-landed on the Moon and probably survived," 7 Aug. 2019 When they were returned to earth and rehydrated, some of the microscopic water bears woke up. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth’s Most Indestructible Organisms on the Moon," 8 Aug. 2019 Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are probably the toughest creatures on Earth. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth’s Most Indestructible Organisms on the Moon," 8 Aug. 2019 The stone walkways along the water bore the weight of history, of other times and other lives. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "A letter from Paris to my Seattle self," 7 Dec. 2018 The microbial creatures, also known as water bears, can survive just about anywhere, including the vacuum of space. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Tardigrade Species Found in Parking Lot," 28 Feb. 2018 After a lunar lander crashed into the moon on April 11, thousands of dehydrated water bears were left on the moon's surface. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News," 5 Aug. 2019

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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