The millimetre-long animals, sometimes known as water bears or moss piglets after their favoured environment and food, resemble cheerful eight-legged maggots wearing distinctly sphincter-like faces. Photo: Corbis

Tiny ‘water bears’ from Earth may have survived Israeli spacecraft crash on moon

  • Israeli Beresheet probe that crashed on moon in April had an unusual cargo: a few thousand tiny tardigrades, the toughest animals on Earth
  • Scientists believe the millimetre-long animals, sometimes known as water bears or moss piglets, may have survived the crash
Topic |   Space

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The millimetre-long animals, sometimes known as water bears or moss piglets after their favoured environment and food, resemble cheerful eight-legged maggots wearing distinctly sphincter-like faces. Photo: Corbis
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Chandrayaan-2 launches from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22. Photo: AFP

India launches rocket to the moon on second attempt

  • Chandrayaan-2 took off as scheduled at 2:43pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, off the coast of southern Andhra Pradesh state
  • The launch came a week after a fuel leak forced the previous attempt to be postponed 56 minutes before blast-off
Topic |   India

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Chandrayaan-2 launches from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22. Photo: AFP
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