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Apparently the missing orb-weaver spider is gone from it’s cage and can’t be found anywhere.

And for the record, I don’t know what kind of spider is in my photograph. It’s a spider that lives in Fairbanks, AK.

From the Telegraph:

It was hoped the missing spider might have sought refuge in its neighbour’s tank, but the remaining spider has spun a web so thick, to cope with the zero-gravity conditions, that is is impossible to check.

The runaway spider, which was meant to be the back-up should the chief spider be incapacitated for any reason [emphasis mine], was reported AWOL after Endeavour’s crew opened a cargo container of equipment including a new kitchen and toilet, additional living quarters for the station’s staff and a $250 million machine that will allow future crews to recycle their urine for drinking water.

Maybe someone swallowed the spider to catch the fly? I don’t know why they’d swallow a fly.

H/T Ed Yong (who has also published a wonderful new book BTW)

Comments

  1. #1 Clay
    November 21, 2008

    Hopefully they won’t die.

  2. #2 Sandra Porter
    November 21, 2008

    I guess it’s a good thing there aren’t any horses on the space station. As you reminded me, we all know what happened when the old lady swallowed the horse. :-)

  3. #3 Mike
    November 22, 2008

    Here’s an orb weaver story including a photo which wouldn’t ease the astronauts’ anxieties:
    http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2008/10/23/11601_local-news.html

  4. #4 BobbyEarle
    November 22, 2008

    All I could think of after the horse comment was Catherine the Great.

    Sorry.

  5. #5 ...tom...
    November 22, 2008

    $250 million to recycle urine..?!?

    Wow.

    …tom…
    .