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   NASA starts to weave a tangled web as the organization tries to explain how a spider could survive a 42-million-mile jaunt through space and subsequent splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, but die during a simple trip to Washington, D.C

05 Dec 2012 06:49 AM   |   16135 clicks   |   Boulder Daily Camera
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cretinbob     
Because spiders don't live very long?

05 Dec 2012 02:47 AM
Spad31    [TotalFark]  
AWWWW! She was a cutie!

(But not if you were a micro-size fruit fly. farking yikes!)

05 Dec 2012 06:09 AM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
And so it begins...

05 Dec 2012 06:50 AM
INeedAName     
As someone who lives in DC, I'm betting the death was traffic related.

05 Dec 2012 06:54 AM
jafiwam     
Simple. That's not the spider that went up.

Earth germs killed the space-spider. Their original plan foiled, soon the race of space-spiders will send robot spiders to invade instead.

/Oh, and spider!

05 Dec 2012 06:57 AM
Jake Havechek     
The spider got messages from nefarious space spiders, and died to keep the info secret.

05 Dec 2012 06:58 AM
sexorcisst     
She's in the great water spout in the sky now.

05 Dec 2012 07:01 AM
GungFu     
Meh.

Peacock Spiders > Space Travel Spider 

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05 Dec 2012 07:12 AM
grimeystubs     
From the article it sounds like NASA did its job in getting it to and back from orbit. I think the congressional inquiry needs to be questioning the Smithsonian.

05 Dec 2012 07:21 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  
NASA starts to weave a tangled web

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05 Dec 2012 07:28 AM
Farxist Marxist    [TotalFark]  
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

05 Dec 2012 07:38 AM
david_gaithersburg     
"spider at the center of an experiment conceived by an Egyptian student" Well that right there appears worth researching.

05 Dec 2012 07:41 AM
hitlersbrain     
Just pray to your god that it did not bite anybody and cause another reboot of spiderman.

05 Dec 2012 08:00 AM
Deep Contact     
The spider never went to the space station and was going to talk.

05 Dec 2012 08:37 AM
xxmedium     
I'm guessing she was in baggage handled by United Airlines?

05 Dec 2012 09:48 AM
Slaves2Darkness     
That is an easy one to answer. Humans. Seriously, allow a human to handle anything and it will inevitably get farked up.

05 Dec 2012 09:54 AM
hobberwickey     
This is why I come to Fark. While not a game changing experiment, it's actually an interesting question that dot answered and probably one that'll really matter once we start building self sustaining environments in space.

05 Dec 2012 09:55 AM
Trail Mix     

GungFu: Meh.

Peacock Spiders > Space Travel Spider 

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Oh, wow. I'd only seen the fourth pattern before, didn't know there was so much variety!

05 Dec 2012 10:51 AM
Balchinian     

xxmedium: I'm guessing she was in baggage handled by United Airlines?


I was going to say the US Postal Service, but the idea is the same.

05 Dec 2012 11:07 AM
BarkingUnicorn     
"The Johnson jumping spider..." All spiders that jump on johnsons should get one-way trips to Mars.

05 Dec 2012 11:13 AM
Monster Island    [TotalFark]  

GungFu:

Peacock Spiders


Very cool!

05 Dec 2012 11:13 AM
num1arch     
i, for one, want to welcome our insect overlords.

//i know spiders don't equal insects

05 Dec 2012 11:33 AM
crozzo     
And an evil Russian spider with a poison-tipped umbrella strolled away with an air of nonchalance.

05 Dec 2012 11:37 AM
findthefish     
This is an outrage. I demand that John McCain investigate this obvious coverup.

05 Dec 2012 11:43 AM
StashMonster     
The spider knew too much

05 Dec 2012 12:53 PM
Munchkin City Coroner     
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05 Dec 2012 01:19 PM
NotARocketScientist     
Did subby read the article? The spider survived the trip to DC, it just died a few days after getting to the Smithsonian. Maybe it had morals and the proximity of so many politicians was too much for it.

05 Dec 2012 01:22 PM
captjc     
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I said I would kill that Spider, man.

05 Dec 2012 02:10 PM
Clemkadidlefark     
Academia can kill anything of value

05 Dec 2012 03:58 PM
Helena Handbasket     
It's obvious...she died from eating just one more wafer-thin mint.

05 Dec 2012 04:45 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
Easy. There were no humans in outer space.

She got back here and *squish*.

05 Dec 2012 05:01 PM
arashinogarou     

cretinbob: Because spiders don't live very long?


Came here to say that. Ten months for a small jumping spider is about 70 years for a human, give or take. They should have taken a tarantula instead; some species can live 20 years or more.

05 Dec 2012 10:38 PM
turboke     

arashinogarou: cretinbob: Because spiders don't live very long?

Came here to say that. Ten months for a small jumping spider is about 70 years for a human, give or take. They should have taken a tarantula instead; some species can live 20 years or more.


That would also spawn four or five movies exploring the idea of the spider getting lost on the station, getting offspring because (a) she was pregnant when launched (b) got impregnated by space spiders (c) aliens, and possibly getting mutated because (a) radiation (b) scientific nonsense about swelling up in a vacuum or lack of gravity (c) aliens.

And then come the not-half-as-good sequels with B-list stars because the original A-list cast moved on.

06 Dec 2012 06:55 AM
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