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What is a tardigrade?

by Jeremy Deaton, NBC News – MACH

Tiny animals with an outsized ability to survive in harsh environments, tardigrades are widely used in scientific research.

Tardigrades are tiny, cute and virtually indestructible. The microscopic animals are able to survive in a pot of boiling water, at the bottom of a deep-sea trench or even in the cold, dark vacuum of space. In August, an Israeli spacecraft carrying tardigrades as part of a scientific experiment crashed on the moon, and scientists believe they may have survived.

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