Two plucky spiders on the international space station have bounced back from a tangled false start to weave amazing new webs in zero gravity.
The orb-weaving spiders were transported to the station aboard NASA’s shuttle Endeavour earlier this week, but initially wove an aimless concoction in their lab enclosure during their first days in weightlessness. But now they’ve taken another stab at weightless web construction.
“We noticed the spiders’ made a symmetrical web,” the space station’s current skipper Michael Fincke radioed to Mission Control today. “It looks beautiful.”
Fincke said he was amazed at how fast the two eight-legged creatures appear to have adapted to living in space.
The spiders are part of an experiment aimed at sparking interest in science among students on Earth. The arachnids are the same kind of spider as “Charlotte” in the children’s book “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White.
I’m certain the spiders don’t even worry too much about budget constraints, space station traffic management or [maybe] what flavor their food may be.
It is pretty cool they figured out how to deal with zero-gravity, though.