The Israeli spacecraft that crashed on the moon spilled microscopic 'water bears' that can live in space
Insider.com - Sun 18 Aug 20:05 GMT

Beresheet spilled tardigrades, invisible tiny critters that are capable of living in extreme conditions ⁠— including space.

  Nova Spivack, the founder of the Arch Mission Foundation, which designed the archive holding the tardigrades, told Wired they're likely still alive.

  That time capsule, created by the Arch Mission Foundation, carried a library that contained textbooks, nearly all of the English Wikipedia, works of classic literature, and human DNA samples.

  And according to Arch Mission Foundation founder Nova Spivack, they're still alive.

  Read more: A group of tardigrades crashed into the moon in April.

  In a last-minute decision, the Arch Mission Foundation dehydrated the tardigrades and put them in resin along with the nickel engravings that included the rest of the time capsule library's data.

  "Tardigrades in dry state can survive pressures up to 74,000 times the pressure we experience at sea level, so the [crash] impact should not be a problem for them," evolutionary zoologist Roberto Guidetti told Business Insider.

  Read more: A group of tardigrades crashed into the moon in April.