Monday, May 16, 2011

Spiders in Space... finally!

Visit Camp Bayou starting this weekend to see our land-based complement to the Spiders in Space project.

From the Spiders in Space listserv:

This morning’s successful launch of STS-134, carried two juvenile Nephilia clavipes spiders to orbit. Each spider has its own space condo with attached separate chambers for fruit flies, serving as the spider’s food source.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour will rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station Wednesday morning. On Thursday morning, around 9:41 EDT, the spider habitats will be transferred to the station.
Images of the spider’s first days in microgravity should be available by the weekend at
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