This little critter is known as a water bear or a Tardigrade. In 2008 they were the first animal demonstrated to be able to survive the vacuum of space. They are virtually indestructible  survive being blasted with radiation, intense pressures & years of desiccation. Specimens were launched into space by Swedish scientists & they returned unharmed after 8 days.

Award-winning images of some of the world's smallest life forms

The Tardigrade aka Water Bear. Able to survive the vacuum of space, radiation, intense pressures and years of being dried out and 'dead.

Tardigrades in Space - black fabric by pinky_wittingslow on Spoonflower - custom fabric

WATER BEARS Tardigrades in Space - black fabric by pinky_wittingslow on Spoonflower - custom fabric

Anatomy of Tardigrada   Demonstrating the appearance of gravid tardigrades, mouthparts, and different claw-forms and exterior textures.  The Tardigrada of the Scottish Lochs: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. XLI - Part III - No. 27. By James Murray, 1905.

Anatomy of Tardigrada Demonstrating the appearance of gravid tardigrades, mouthparts, and different claw-forms and exterior textures. The Tardigrada of the Scottish Lochs: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. XLI - Part III - No.

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Tardigrade Necklace - science jewelry, great gift for a scientist, teacher, or innovator

Don't mess with a Tardigrade!

Don't mess with a Tardigrade!

A scanning electron micrograph of a water bear. Like regular bears, tardigrades have claws, which help in locomotion. Unlike regular bears i...

A scanning electron micrograph of a water bear. Like regular bears, tardigrades have claws, which help in locomotion. Unlike regular bears i.

1.25" Enamel pin with black metal featuring a tardigrade and a ribbon with the words "Tardigrade Tough" on a cute teal ribbon. You know the tardigrade is one of my favorite microscopic critters becaus

Tardigrade Tough Enamel Pin

Enamel pin with black metal featuring a tardigrade and a ribbon with the words "Tardigrade Tough" on a cute teal ribbon. You know the tardigrade is one of my favorite microscopic critters becaus

Tardigrades: Meet one of nature's toughest animals | How It Works ...

This scanning electron microscope image shows a tardigrade. Image credit: Diane Nelson, National Park Service, U. Department of the Interior.

Bdelloidea are microscopic aquatic animals that are related to roundworms

Bdelloidea are microscopic aquatic animals that are related to roundworms, found in freshwater and moist soil. Interestingly, a male has never been observed within the species; females reproduce exclusively by parthenogenesis (without fertilization).

Tardigrade image strip. Did they survive in space just because we took them there? Or did they come to earth FROM space?

Did they survive in space just because we took them there? Or did they come to earth FROM space?

A tardigrade, also called a water bear

I think more people need to know about Tardigrades, otherwise known as Water Bears.

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