YouTube Space Lab’s Space-Traveling Jumping Spider Is Back On EarthBy: Chris Crum - November 30, 2012
Last year, YouTube and Lenovo kicked off the YouTube Space Lab experiment, inviting teenagers around the world to have an experiment performed in space. There were over 2,000 entries.
Two experiments got to go to space. One of them, was designed to look at the effect of microgravity on the way a jumping spider catches its prey. The spider, Google announced, has made it home safely, and will spend the rest of its days at the Smithsonian.
“Nefertiti is the first jumping spider to successfully return from space and adjust to life on Earth after a 100-day stay aboard the International Space Station,” writes Dom Elliott on the YouTube blog. “‘Neffi,’ as she’s called by friends, will take up residence starting today at the Insect Zoo in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.”
Elliott shares the following picture of the red-backed jumping spider hunting for flies in its space habitat on the International Space Station.
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