Space Spider Dies In D.C. After Traveling 42 Million Miles

By: Amanda Crum - December 6, 2012

The “space spider”, Nefertiti, has died of natural causes after spending 100 days outside Earth and traveling around 42 million miles.

Also called “Spidernaut”, Nefertiti was launched into space as part of a YouTube Space Lab experiment which invited teenagers to share their ideas; this particular experiment was submitted by 18-year old Amr Mohamed from Alexandria, Egypt. During her 100 days on board an orbiting labratory, Nefertiti proved that her species was fully capable of adjusting hunting and feeding techniques in periods of weightlessness. When she came back to Earth she was to be put on display at the Smithsonian, but unfortunately she passed away just five days after her triumphant return.

“The unexpected loss of this special animal who inspired so many imaginations will be felt throughout the museum community….The body of Nefertiti will be added to the museum’s collection of specimens where she will continue to contribute to our understanding of spiders,” said Smithsonian spokesperson Kelly Carnes.

Nefertiti’s body will be added to the museum’s specimen collection.

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  • William Debord

    Does that mean that anything that goes to Washington DC has little chance of living??

    • Lester Winters

      Common sense is the first thing to go,followed by honesty and morals.

  • LARRY S.


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  • Zeromus

    It probably died when gravity started acting again. Its little body couldnt take the strain after being totally weightless for 1/3 of a year

  • stylesd

    In today’s news, the “Spidernaut” also known as Nefertiti, has finally lost her battle with alcoholism. She was best known for her radiant smile and her love for children. In her autobiography “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” Nefertiti speaks of her struggles with alcoholism. Referring to alcohol as “the rain,” she demonstrates how she falls, only to rise again. She is survived by two children and a divorced husband (Jimmy The Cricket). The location of the memorial service is yet to be determined, but it is said that Peter Parker sends his condolences to the family of the fallen star.

    • T.W.

      ROFL You are callously witty and funny.