Meet the critter that survived a crash into the moon

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Meet the critter that survived a crash into the moon

The batch of tardigrades, Earth's toughest animal, were taped to a disk as part of an Israeli space mission

Sarah Knapton

The toughest animals on Earth may be alive on the moon after surviving an Israeli spacecraft crash earlier this year, scientists suspect.

A payload of several thousand hardy tardigrades were on board the Beresheet probe when it suffered a catastrophic failure during its final descent on April 11 2019.

Although the lander smashed into the ground at high speed, the Arch Mission Foundation, which sent up the creatures, believes their cargo may have lived...

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