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Spider Missing After Trip To Space Station

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the lost-in-space dept.

Space 507

Garabito writes "A spider that had been sent to the International Space Station for a school science program was lost. Two arachnids were sent in order to know if spiders can survive and make webs in space, but now only one spider can be seen in the container. NASA isn't sure where the other spider could have gone. I, for one, welcome our new arachnid overlords."

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Where oh where? (5, Funny)

cream wobbly (1102689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832919)

A search of the other spider's digestive tract might yield results.

Re:Where oh where? (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832971)

I would guess: outside the container! At least if they have looked through it all and you're incorrect.

Re:Where oh where? (5, Funny)

MindKata (957167) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833435)

"I would guess: outside the container!"

Found it! [finlosreviews.com]

Re:Where oh where? (4, Informative)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833169)

If this was the result of spider cannibalism, it'd be easier to just find the dessicated spider husk left in the container. They probably checked for that.

Re:Where oh where? (5, Informative)

lorenzo.boccaccia (1263310) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833171)

why send spiders in space again when you could check on google?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_webs_in_space [wikipedia.org]

and it was an experiment conducted in the '73!!!

Re:Where oh where? (5, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833471)

Spiders on drugs is just as interesting. (Video) [youtube.com] (Pictures) [trinity.edu]

Think about that before your next Jolt Cola.

Not necessarily (5, Interesting)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833191)

All spiders can only ingest liquid food, and in fact have two filters to prevent solids from getting in.

From there it gets funnier:

- most spiders simply inject the prey with enzymes that liquefy its innards, then suck the resulting liquid lunch. In this case they'd still find the empty chitin shell of the spider.

- some actually "chew" the food while flooding it with enzymes to dissolve it, but I'm guessing even in this case they'd still find legs and whatnot from the dead spider.

I guess the big question at this point is exactly what species of spider were these two.

Re:Not necessarily (1)

knails (915340) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833475)

Well, I would certainly hope NASA isn't dumb enough to send poisonous spiders into space into small, confined quarters with a few humans. That could end poorly, to say the least.

Re:Not necessarily (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833493)

I saw this on the news yesterday. I guess the box they were in has a place to look through it and they haven't opened the box to look yet. They quoted a NASA official as saying that just because we can't see it doesn't mean it isn't in the box, we haven't opened the box to verify it.

Re:Not necessarily (5, Interesting)

theinvisibleguy (982464) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833513)

I had a bunch of spider eggs in a jar when I was younger, after they hatched they kept getting smaller in number without leaving anything behind. You could definitely tell which spiders were eating the others since they were about twice their previous size.

Re:Where oh where? (5, Funny)

saider (177166) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833229)

That's why Heidi let the bag go yesterday. I know my wife runs out of the room screaming when she sees a spider.

Re:Where oh where? (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833387)

spiders don't eat the exoskeleton of their food. there would be an empty spider shell in the cage if one spider had eaten the other.

Though most spiders are cannibals and will eat one another if food is scarce. (or just plain kill each other to limit competition)

Let me be the first to say (5, Funny)

Hasney (980180) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832921)

I for one, welcome our ne.....

Damn you summary for stealing our memes!

Re:Let me be the first to say (1)

SQLGuru (980662) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833261)

In Soviet Russia meme's steal you? With hot grits? And Queen Amidala?

Layne

Re:Let me be the first to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833457)

1. In Soviet Russia, the memes steal our summary, you insensitive clod [youtube.com] .

2. Cowboy Neal

It's simple! (0, Redundant)

to6o (838477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832923)

The other spider in the container was hungry :)

Re:It's simple! (5, Funny)

click2005 (921437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833453)

Nah, its off filming the sequel to Snakes on a Plane... Spiders on the Shuttle

Cue the Sci-FI comments... (1)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832925)

3 - 2 - 1

Re:Cue the Sci-FI comments... (1)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833181)

Was it a genetically modified spider?

Was Peter Parker on assignment?

Re:Cue the Sci-FI comments... (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833461)

SCIENTIST: As you can see, there are 2 spiders...

MARY JANE: One spider, there's one missing!

PETER PARKER: Ouch!

Isn't there extra radiation in space? (5, Funny)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832929)

If I were those astronauts, I'd be hoping the spider bites me.

Re:Isn't there extra radiation in space? (4, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833307)

On an outer-space adventure, they were hit by cosmic rays. Those spiders were changed forever, in most fantastic ways! Here come the two! The fantastic two!

Spider one can spin elastic! Two can hide from sight! Spiderone got the crap end of the deal, so it murdered the other one in the night! Here come to the two! The fantastic two!

Hmmm. (3, Funny)

Dibblah (645750) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832935)

Is the other spider suspiciously... Larger?

Missing spider (5, Funny)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832937)

Lost.
That's what the other spider claims, anyway. In other news, that spider just submitted a replacement for ReiserFS.

Re:Missing spider (0)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833055)

You had the chance to include words like web, net, thread and so on and you didn't replaced the Reiser-part? :)

Re:Missing spider (2, Funny)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833389)

Woosh. That was the sound of the reference going right over your head :P

Re:Missing spider (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833083)

too soon

Uh oh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25832941)

Isn't that how this whole fiasco started? With a spider going missing... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man [wikipedia.org]

Spider-Cannibal? (1)

djrogers (153854) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832943)

Doesn't it seem likely that the remaining spider ate the other? I mean, it's not like spiders have a strong moral objection to cannibalism...

Spiders are not cannibals (0)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833011)

Actually, spiders do not eat other spiders. While they are known for being very aggressive towards other species, spiders will not attack each other.

The more you know...

Re:Spiders are not cannibals (1)

saider (177166) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833137)

Black Widows routinely eat their mates.

Re:Spiders are not cannibals (4, Informative)

BlowHole666 (1152399) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833139)

The more you know ....

Black widow spiders typically prey on a variety of insects, but occasionally they do feed upon woodlice, diplopods, chilopods and other arachnids.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_widow_spider [wikipedia.org]

Re:Spiders are not cannibals (1)

Clandestine_Blaze (1019274) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833309)

Not so with the Nursery web spider [wikipedia.org] :

The female spider will sometimes attempt to eat the male after mating. The male, to reduce the risk of this, will often present the female with a gift such as a fly when approaching in the hope that this will satisfy her hunger.

The key word may be "attempt", but I'm sure the females have been successful from time to time. I seriously think this is hilarious. "Honey, here's some food, don't eat me after sex!"

Re:Spider-Cannibal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833087)

Spiders feed on blood, if one spider consumed the other it would leave remains.

Re:Spider-Cannibal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833251)

Ummm exactly. I was going to post that but you beat me to it.

Spiders actually do that quite a lot, so I'm really not surprised. I AM surprised NASA didn't just say "Well, either it got out, or the one remaining ate the other one".

But maybe they just didn't want to see a news headline reading "Cannibalism rampant on ISS".

I'll be the first to say it (1, Funny)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832953)

There's a spider...lost...in space.

*snicker**snort*

Exposure to cosmic rays (1)

butalearner (1235200) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832965)

You think your arachnophobia is bad now...

spiders on a spaceship! (5, Funny)

thrillseeker (518224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832975)

Samuel Jackson just got a 3AM phone call ...

Re:spiders on a spaceship! (1)

heidaro (1392977) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833535)

I'm so sick of these mothaf*cking spiders on this mothaf*cking spaceship.

Mutation (1)

microhard_googler (1376563) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832977)

It mutated and acquired super-spider powers.

Re:Mutation (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833111)

... and is now off to go destroy the Two Trees of Valinor.

Re:Mutation (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833281)

Hey! No mixing Sci-Fi and Fantasy! >:P

Losing Stuff in Space Memes (2)

mfh (56) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832979)

We've probably all seen the video on youtube with the stoned spiders, and the kooky webs they make. I wonder what the effects of cosmic radiation will be on this spider who will be waiting a long time for a snack to buzz into his web. Unless, by space-surviving spider, they mean he can eat non-living things like dust? I think he likely drifted off like the $100000 tool belt [aol.com] that one space-walking astronaught lost yesterday. At least this loss wasn't as expensive. However it's possible this is a mutated spider that craves the media attention for the lulz, in which case it's possible that the spider unlatched the tool-belt in order to make a getaway, and build his own Evil Spider Space Station, with his newly acquired tool set, and other classified missing materials (that would not be reported)!

Although in another scenario, the tool belt will fall to earth with the spider riding it, Slim Pickens style [google.ca] , to crash land and obliterate some curious bystander, ala Dead Like Me [imdb.com] . I still think it is more likely the spider will crash land somewhere and start another internet meme [encycloped...matica.com] (link site contains articles that are 100% NSFW).

Re:Losing Stuff in Space Memes (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833075)

You need to copyright that before JJ Abrahms makes it into a movie. Though, someone SHOULD make that movie -- just not JJ Abrahms. Evil Spider Space Station, I'd pay to see that.

Re:Losing Stuff in Space Memes (1)

mfh (56) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833241)

by owlnation (858981) Alter Relationship on Thursday November 20, @11:05AM (#25833075): "You need to copyright that before JJ Abrahms makes it into a movie."

I already did!

"The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way."

First Post From Space (5, Funny)

MediumWare (527525) | more than 5 years ago | (#25832985)

All your webs are belong to us

Re:First Post From Space (1)

Squapper (787068) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833029)

I see that this truly is from space, judging by the delay.

Re:First Post From Space (2, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833127)

In space no one can hear you spin.

World Wide Web 3.0 (1, Funny)

rakjr (18074) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833009)

In a late braking story, Joe the Spider has just begun the first satellite-to-satellite web hookup. Gone are the days of brick-and-mortar, WWW 3.0 is silk.

Go Mighty Joe.

this is just a marketing gimmick (-1, Redundant)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833013)

hollywood paid nasa $100 million to drum up interest in the upcoming spider 4 movie next summer. previously, they released keith richard's spastic colon into the florida everglades to promote pirates of the caribbean 3

nothign to see here, move along

Millions of Fibers (1)

jrwr00 (1035020) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833027)

Lets hope its not female. they will have to abandon the whole station. if that's the case think Millions of spiders :) Make sure to get Photos!

a Web? (1)

Fri13 (963421) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833033)

Does they really think that spider wants to make a web when there is no mosquitos or flyes etc there?

Mayby thats why the spider dropped off from that trip and went to havana for getting a suntan.

That is why.... (4, Funny)

wpiman (739077) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833035)

there were redundant spiders. A must in space applications.

makes (4, Funny)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833059)

The arachnid was sent in order to know if spiders can survive and makes webs in space...

makes? I makes teh webs and yous gives mes teh bugs. Otherwise, I eats other spiders.

Re:makes (1)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833237)

That gives me an idea...

I wonder if the lolspiderz domain is taken.

Re:makes (1)

flanaganid (900938) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833429)

How do I shot web?

Re:makes (1)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833439)

You're correcting someone's English... wow.

Re:makes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833481)

Totally OT, but you missed affect/effect verb!=noun confusion.

There lose spelling effects you're understanding. It's lack has an affect to me.

Re:makes (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833507)

Gimme a break. I just wanted to know how babby was formed.

Missing? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833065)

If right now, I were an astronaut wearing a spacesuit, I guess I'd be feeling kind of itchy all over...

Enough is Enough! (5, Funny)

GogglesPisano (199483) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833295)

I have had it with these motherf***ing spiders on this motherf***ing space station!

(Sorry, couldn't resist...)

From "Itsy-bitsy Spider" to... (1)

jeffshoaf (611794) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833081)

Eight-Legged Freaks!

Radiation + a spider (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833085)

Cosmic rays + a spider? Keep an eye on any astronauts that get bitten by it.

Re:Radiation + a spider (1)

somethinghollow (530478) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833255)

I'm expecting a real-life Spider-man by the end of the week.

Arachnid lols? (-1, Redundant)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833091)

The missing spider is N teh toobz stealN yur webz, no interplanetary internet for you! bad astronaut!

Oribiting spider (1)

(ana!)a (769730) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833093)

The spider had hidden inside the lost toolkit and it's now drifting in orbit. It turns out that yes, spiders can build webs in space and it's busy right now building a world wide web.

Sounds to me like Sabotage (5, Funny)

kipin (981566) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833129)

Step 1: "Lose" toolbag in space
Step 2: "Lose" spider in space
Step 3: ????
Step 4: Space domination

Ah, never mind, (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833135)

found it! [intertwingled.net]

Robots.txt (3, Funny)

cpu_fusion (705735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833161)

Only one spider could read.

Tool Bag? (-1, Redundant)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833175)

Did anyone check the tool bag?

-Peter

PS: Remember, there is no mod option for "I don't get it."

Yo.... (5, Funny)

codefungus (463647) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833183)

...check the lid.

How Spiders Eat (4, Informative)

ChromaticDragon (1034458) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833187)

To everyone (including myself) whose first thought was that the one spider ate the other, I'd suggest we consider how spiders eat.

Spiders don't swallow prey whole. If it'd been two or three octopuses, fish, snakes, frogs or any other sort of animal, this would make sense. But I'd be willing to bet one spider eating the other wouldn't have gone unnoticed for at least a couple of reasons. First, spiders don't eat quickly. One spider eating something the same size would be sucking the juices out of the other for quite a long time (hours). Second, the spiders are messy in the sense that they tend to leave dried out carcasses laying around after they're done.

So... that's probably not what happened.

Reminds me of Chal.. (1)

mrfriendly (536996) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833197)

More space disasters. It's practically Challenger revisited.

No Ziggy Stardust jokes! (3, Funny)

SoundGuyNoise (864550) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833199)

I can't believe nobody's made a "Spiders From Mars" reference.

Why would a spider... (2)

webreaper (1313213) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833209)

...make webs in space? There's nothing to catch. Or did they take a box of flies (or maybe ants, since the spiders' prey didn't need wings to hit the webs) to feed the 8-legged beasties?

not missing (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833215)

It's not really missing. It's just busy working on a collaboration with David Bowie.

It could only mean one thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833217)

Web 3.0

Link to original, more detailed, story. (5, Informative)

Khemisty (1246418) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833223)

My god people, is slashdot actually linking to ABC action news? I mean come on, firstly the summary (of the summary) is woefully incomplete.. Even though the original link also belongs to ABC [go.com] at least it doesnt have the word "action" attached to "news". I'm just waiting for ABC's next upgrade to SEXY, ACTION NEWS... a bit elitist? Maybe.. but at least the original link clarifies the story rather than leaving out information in order to make the story more "exciting".. From TFA: "NASA isn't sure where the spider could have gone." Doesn't mean they don't have an idea..

From the original article: "Kirk Shireman, deputy shuttle program manager, says that while only one spider is visible, that doesn't mean the other is missing. 'We don't believe he has escaped the payload. I am sure we will find him spinning a web somewhere in the next few days."

Re:Link to original, more detailed, story. (1)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833329)

I'm just waiting for ABC's next upgrade to SEXY, ACTION NEWS

It's panda bear fun time!!!

Did they check... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833231)

the toolbag?

crass promotional move (1)

xoundmind (932373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833263)

This is clearly a way to pump up the galactic PR machine for Web of Science [thomsonreuters.com] .

Surely you jest... (1)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833275)

The spider ran off to Tau Ceti in order to invent the positronic ray. Unfortunately, a band will name itself "Missing Spider" once the movie is made about it.

School sucks (1)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833279)

A spider that had been sent to the International Space Station for a school science program was lost.

The spider's just out missing some classes. For sure, he (or she) was tired of all those science stuff. Damn boring teachers!

Why?... (4, Funny)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833285)

"I for one, welcome our new arachnid overlords."

Why would you do that? Why would you put a classic reply in your summary of the article and rob some poster of a 5 Funny rating? You're just mean.

Andromeda Strain (1)

manastungare (596862) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833287)

... Backwards.

Is it just me.. (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833291)

My spidey sense is tingling,
I wonder if anyone will get bitten on the space station and come back to face the goblin.....

A Clue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833317)

Houston: ISS we got the final answer.

ISS: Roger that, Could you read it up to us?

Houston: Sure

Professor Eight Legs, in the plastic box, with the mandibles.

ISS: Roger that, I guess the shuttle crew wins this round.

Dupe from 1973 (5, Interesting)

Yossarian45793 (617611) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833345)

The spider webs in space [wikipedia.org] experiment was already tried in 1973 aboard Skylab.

Did they check... (4, Funny)

Clandestine_Blaze (1019274) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833369)

Did they check the tool bag? Oh, wait...

In Space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833383)

...no one can hear you skitter...

A few centuries from now... (5, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833401)

...an alien probe named S'pdr will encounter the USS Enterprise.

Dumb spiders (2, Funny)

orateam (861461) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833449)

Stupid spiders, what do they expect to catch! Spiders are dumb.

GPS (2, Funny)

fan of lem (1092395) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833455)

The missing spider had GPS, but was unfortunately outside* the service range.

*above

School Science Project (1)

FatL0ser (1411823) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833467)

It could be worse ... There could be a Sodium Bicarbonate Volcano lost in space.

Orb Weaverrs (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833509)

Looks like these Orb Weavers are more like Orbit Weavers.
Perhaps we could get them to make a new toolbag!

Itsy Bitsy Cost... (1)

CasualObserver7319 (1411821) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833529)

Only our trusty U.S. Federal Government would spend untold Ba-Zillions of dollars on a box to hold spiders... only to have that fail when used.

Wow, as if space weren't scary already... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833533)

I mean it's bad enough when a spider vanishes when you're trying to kill it (cause now it's mad). Imagine you're an astronaut outside looking for the spider, and of course then you focus your eyes in closer and there it is on the inside of your facemask. Eigh!

(Cue some arachnophile bragging about how that's not scary at all and how he lets spiders walk on his tongue etc.)

The surviving spider read Ender's Game (1)

changos (105425) | more than 5 years ago | (#25833539)

She already filed for registering the word Bugger.

that's where they start out? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25833541)

those things that ripley so artfully keeps protecting us from.

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