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
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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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