10 September 2012

Salticids... in Space?!?

While that may sound like the title to yet another cheesy spider horror movie, it is in fact a real thing.  Thanks to NASA's "You Tube Space Lab" program, a very curious young man by the name of Amr Mohamed was given the opportunity to send Salticus scenicus into space.  The video to below was his entry into the contest and briefly outlines his experiment.

As you can see, he does pose quite an interesting problem.  While I have my own ideas on how they will adapt, I am curious about your thoughts, dear reader.  Do you think the spider will be able to hunt successfully in a Zero-G environment?  Why or why not?  I would absolutely love to hear your comments and thoughts in the comment box below.  Finally, if you want to find out what happens, a live stream of the experiment will be broadcast this Thursday September 12 at 0950 (ECT).

For a full write up on this project and the other winning entries, please go to http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/livestream.html